Understanding New Provision for Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations
March 18, 2021
By: Peter A. Jones
As a bonus to Bond’s March 16 webinar about the evolving legal implications of COVID-19 for business, Bond labor and employment attorney Peter A. Jones recorded a short video discussing details of New York State’s new rule requiring employers to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The new law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 12, allows workers to take up to four hours of paid leave to receive a vaccine injection. For vaccines that require two doses, an employee is entitled to up to four hours per shot.
Other highlights in Pete’s video:
- Employees who are able to schedule their shot during non-work hours will not receive any paid leave.
- The provision allows for leaves of greater than four hours if negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.
- The new law prohibits retaliation against workers who exercise their right to this leave.
The full presentation covered the following topics:
- Update from Albany
- Relief Package – The Relief Provisions
- Employment Claims and COVID
- The NY SHIELD Act – Are You in Compliance?
Click here to view the webinar in its entirety or to register for upcoming Tuesday presentations.