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Cuomo calls for paid time off to get COVID vaccine

Jan 21, 2021 6:00 am

Teri Weaver is reporting for syracuse [dot] com workers in the state of New York would get up to four hours of paid leave to get two doses of COVID-19 vaccine under a proposal from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The idea was part of the governor’s $193 billion budget released January 19. All employers, both public and private, would be required to provide up to four hours of paid leave at the workers’ regular pay rate. Managers would also be prohibited from taking retaliatory action against those who request the paid leave, but employers can request documentation from workers verifying the need to take time off. The proposed budget, which includes a temporary tax hike for the richest New Yorkers, relies on $6 billion in coronavirus aid as part of President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package. Cuomo is hoping Congress will send as much as $15 billion to New York, where more than 33,000 people have died from the virus. The vaccination paid leave would likely not take place until late March. The state’s fiscal year begins April 1. Read more at syracuse [dot] com.