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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    NYS leave law updates

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    New York State has extended the COVID-19 vaccination leave, has added sibling under the Paid Family Leave law, and has a new amendment to a law that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for taking legally protected absences.

    The NY COVID-19 vaccination leave, which requires employers to provide up to 4 hours of paid leave (separate from Paid Sick Leave or paid time off) to their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster has been extended. The law was originally set to expire on 12/31/22, but is now in effect through the end of 2023.

    Effective Jan. 6, 2023, “sibling” has now been added to the definition of “family member” under Paid Family Leave. The definition of “sibling” covers biological siblings, adopted siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings that live either inside or outside of New York State.

    Effective February 19, 2023, all NY employers are subject to an amendment made to NYLL Section 215. This law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for taking legally protected absences, such as NY COVID-19, NY PFL, etc. The new law also adds that employers cannot maintain “no fault” attendance policies and absence control procedures that penalize workers for their use of legally protected absences. 

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."