PTO for COVID-19 Vaccination

NYS employees are now guaranteed four hours of PTO per COVID-19 vaccine injection.

By Rachel Wisely, SHRM-CP

On Friday, March 12, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed a new law that allows employees in New York State to take time off from work, with pay, to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The law is effective immediately.

In summary, the law explains that public and private employees may take a paid leave of absence not to exceed four hours to be vaccinated for COVID-19 per vaccine injection. The law also explains that “such leave shall be considered excused and shall not be charged against any other leave the officer or employee is otherwise entitled to. Nothing in this bill shall be deemed to diminish the integrity of existing collective bargaining agreements.”

Section three of the law provides that no employer shall retaliate against any employee for exercising his or her rights under this act. This law is set to expire on December 31, 2022.

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