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September 2022: COVID-19 Vaccination Paid Leave Extended through December 31, 2023

30 Aug


Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of New York.

What happened?
On June 28, 2022, Governor Hochul signed Assembly Bill A9513 (AB A9513) into law, which extends provisions of chapter 77 of 2021, amending the civil service and labor law relating to leave time for COVID vaccination.

What are the details?
Last year on March 12, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York State legislation that granted employees paid time off to receive their COVID-19 vaccination (the Law). The Law – originally set to expire on December 31, 2022 – requires that employers, regardless of company size, provide employees with up to four hours of paid leave per COVID-19 vaccine injection (including boosters).

AB A9513 extends the paid leave to December 31, 2023.

In addition to the state law requirement, New York City employers are reminded that employees who are the parents of a child under the age of 18 (or an older child incapable of self-care because of disability) are entitled to up to four hours of paid COVID-19 vaccination time per vaccine injection for each such child, or for an absence from work for accompanying such child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or caring for such child who cannot attend school or childcare due to temporary side effects from a COVID-19 injection.  The NYC child vaccine leave law is in effect until the end of this year on December 31, 2022.

For more information, please see the links below:

Assembly Bill A9513 (AB A9513)

New York State Legislation 2588

New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

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What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and continue to provide their employee paid leave per COVID-19 vaccine injection and boosters until December 31, 2023.

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