New Yorkers Get Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Mayer Brown

Effective March 12, 2021, until December 31, 2022, employees in New York State are eligible for a paid leave of absence for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours per injection, to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This new Labor Law provision, codified at Section 196-C of the New York Labor Law, was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 12, 2021, and is applicable to all employers in New York State, including any person, corporation, limited liability company or association employing any individual in any occupation, industry, trade, business or service. Public employers, including state and local government entities, are covered by a separate paid vaccine leave law.

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