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Posted on: April 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] All Employees Are Entitled to Sick Leave for the COVID-19 Vaccine

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All employers must provide paid sick leave to employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or if an employee needs to take time to recover from the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Colorado Department of Health and Environment "Under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (“HFWA”), which took effect immediately once signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on July 14, 2020, all employers must provide paid leave for a range of health needs. That includes any time off required for “preventative care,” such as vaccination that prevents an employee from working due to a workday appointment and/or experiencing side effects afterwards."

During a public health emergency, all employers, regardless of the size of the company, must immediately provide each employee additional paid leave. For example, employees who normally work 40 or more hours a week are entitled to 80 hours of paid sick leave.

View additional details on the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.

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