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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees: Just Because You Can (Maybe), Doesn’t Mean You Should

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees: Just Because You Can (Maybe), Doesn’t Mean You Should

June 17, 2021 at 1:22 PM - employee policies,

As discussed in an earlier post, adopting a mandatory vaccination policy for employees is not a simple decision. Among the many factors to consider is the potential risk of legal action arising under federal laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) or the National Labor Relations Act, as well as state-law challenges alleging public policy violations or wrongful termination of employment. Recently, some employers have decided to require COVID vaccines for employees, citing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Updated Guidance in support of this policy.  Many other employers are still considering how to proceed. Despite the EEOC’s position that an employer may enact a mandatory vaccination policy for all of its employees physically entering the workplace, mandatory vaccine policies are not without risk of unintended, negative consequences for the organization.

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New York Mandates Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

New York Mandates Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

March 18, 2021 at 12:16 PM - COVID-19,

On March 12, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill (A3354B) mandating that employers provide their employees with paid time off to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Specifically, employees shall receive “a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours” per vaccine dose, and be paid at their regular rate of pay for the entire leave period. For employees receiving the 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, they will be eligible for up to eight hours of paid leave.

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