Emergency Law in DC Requires Paid Leave for COVID Vaccinations

The “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” was signed recently by Mayor Muriel Bowser last week and remains in effect through mid-February.

The legislation requires private sector employers to provide up to two hours of paid leave for employees to obtain each dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters. This leave is also available for employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine for their child.

Employers must also provide up to eight hours of paid vaccine recovery leave, per dose, which can be used for the employee to recover or to care for their child recovering from the vaccine. Employers can require documentation of the date and time that employees got vaccinated.

The emergency bill also continues unpaid COVID-19 leave under the District’s Family and Medical Leave Act. It can be used if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and has to quarantine or isolate. It can also be used if an employee is caring for a family member or member of their household who is sick or must quarantine, or if a school or child care provider is not available.

For more on DC's emergency law and compliance with federal emergency standards, join our next virtual town hall on Monday, December 6 at 11:00 am featuring workplace attorney John Bredehoft from Kaufman & Canoles. Register here.