New York State Passes Law Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccine

Date: March 16, 2021

A new law requires employers to provide employees in New York State with paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new law is already in effect and does not expire until Dec. 31, 2022.

Under the new law, all employers are required to provide a sufficient amount of paid time off for employees to get vaccinated. A sufficient amount of time cannot exceed four hours per injection. Employees must be paid at their regular rate of pay and the time off cannot be charged against any other leave, including the state’s new paid sick leave law.

Employers are also prohibited from discriminating, retaliating, penalizing, or firing any employees that exercise their right to a vaccine.

Employers may be eligible for federal tax credits equal to 100% of the cost of providing the vaccination paid time off. The federal tax credit is available to employers through September 30, 2021.

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