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District of Columbia Extends COVID-19 Vaccination Leave

As we previously reported, the District of Columbia (D.C.) signed into law the COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (Act) which requires all D.C. employers to begin providing paid leave to employees for spending time away from to obtain and recover from side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine (if needed). In addition, employees will also be able to take paid leave to take a child(ren) to obtain their COVID-19 vaccine and to care for the child(ren) following the vaccine (if needed). The Act was sent to expire on February 3, 2022. However, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an emergency bill (B 610) extending D.C.’s requirement that employers provide employees with COVID-19 vaccination leave. The emergency bill extends the leave requirement until May 4, 2022.

The leave requirement is under congressional review and may be extended again.

Next Steps for Employers

It is recommended that employers review and if needed, update company procedures and policies to comply with the act. If concerns arise regarding your company’s compliance requirements, please be sure to speak with your legal counsel.

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