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Employers navigate paid time off for COVID vaccine appointments

The state is mandating that public and private sector employees be given four hours of paid time off for COVID-19 vaccine shots.

While there are a lot of questions- like how employers are to track when an employee got the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the timing of coming back to work.

Labor attorneys are warning employers to watch carefully, even as the laws frequently change with regard to the pandemic.

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The bottom line: Employees should be given time to get vaccinated.

To that end, if an employer were to require the vaccine- that would be within bounds, according to labor attorneys.

Benjamin Mudrick, an employment law attorney for Harter Secrest & Emery LLP told 13WHAM-TV that there’s one consistent here as far as that goes: Incentivize the vaccine, but don’t require it.

“Our general advice is, don’t require it, but try to create incentives for your employees to get vaccinated.” he said.



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