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Employers Must Grant Paid Time Off for Workers to Get Covid-19 Vaccination

New York State law now requires that employers grant up to four hours of paid time off for an employee who has an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during the work day. This time off is not to be deducted from any other form of leave the employee may be entitled to, such as sick, personal, or vacation time. This leave must be provided only to employees whose shot appointments are during working hours; employees who are vaccinated on a day off or in the evening are not entitled to leave. Employees are also prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an employee for requesting or taking leave under this provision. This law took effect in March and will expire on December 31, 2022.