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D.C. Employees to Get Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccines Well into 2022

D.C.’s new “COVID Vaccination Leave Temporary Amendment Act of 2021” (Temporary Act) will extend employees’ entitlement to paid time off for both COVID-19 vaccination and recovery from any side effects well into 2022.

This temporary legislation signed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on December 22, 2021, substantively mirrors the COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021, which requires D.C. employers to extend paid leave to an employee for an absence from work related to COVID-19 vaccination.

Although published in the DC Register, the temporary legislation is in a 30-day congressional review period under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act. The anticipated effective date is February 18, 2022. Once approved by Congress, the temporary legislation will expire after 225 days. The 225 days will allow sufficient time for permanent legislation to be enacted.

As this legislation has been enacted as temporary law, it is likely the requirements of this legislation will remain for some time. It might become permanently enacted following this temporary measure. Accordingly, D.C. employers should immediately ensure their policies and practices comply with the Temporary Act.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 14
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Alyson J. Guyan, Jackson Lewis, Workplace safety health lawyer, Labor discrimination attorney
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Alyson J. Guyan is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents corporations and other entities in a wide variety of employment, safety and health, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour matters.

Ms. Guyan advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters arising under federal and state law, including claims based on the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities...

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Teresa Burke Wright, Jackson Lewis, contracts litigation lawyer, administrative proceedings attorney
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Teresa Wright is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents numerous employers in both litigation and administrative proceedings and advises clients with respect to state and federal employment laws.

Ms. Wright has handled jury trials and other litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. She also counsels management regarding employment issues,...

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Janea J. Hawkins Employment Litigation Attorney Jackson Lewis Washington, D.C.
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Janea J. Hawkins is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Hawkins has a blend of government and private practice experience representing government agencies and private employers in a wide array of employment litigation. 

Ms. Hawkins regularly defends management in federal and state court; administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination claims on the basis of age, race, sex, and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and covenant not to compete disputes. She has also represented...

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