New York State just passed a law–effective March 12, 2021–that requires businesses to provide four hours of paid time off (PTO) for each Covid-19 vaccination an employee receives.
This means, with two shots required for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, an employee receives eight hours of PTO, while if you opt for the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you receive four hours of PTO.
According to law firm Jackson Lewis, the rules are
- All New York employees must receive a paid leave of absence for “a sufficient period of time” not to exceed four hours per vaccine injection. In other words, employees may be entitled to up to eight hours of paid time off if receiving a two-injection COVID-19 vaccine;
- This leave must be paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay; and
- Employers cannot require employees to use other available leave (such as sick leave or vacation time) before providing this leave.
This law ends on December 31, 2022, so New York employees have time to get their vaccinations and get paid for them.
While New York is the only state (that I’m aware of) that made this a requirement, you need to pay up anyway if you make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory. John Hyman, an employment attorney with Wickens Herzer Panza, says
To keep reading, click here: Paid Time Off For Covid-19 Vaccines? It’s the Law in NY and Elsewhere If You Mandate the Jab