On April 21, 2021, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that provides protections for employees in Chicago who take time off of work to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ordinance:
- prohibits employers from requiring employees to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine during “non-shift” hours (including meal and rest periods);
- prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees for taking time off of work to get the vaccine; and
- requires employers who implement mandatory vaccination policies to compensate employees up to four hours per dose to get vaccinated if the appointment time is during a shift. Employers requiring vaccines may not require the employee to use other available paid time off or paid sick leave if taking time off to get vaccinated.
Employers who violate the ordinance will be fined $1000 – $5000 per incident. Employees subject to an adverse action for taking time out of the work day to receive the vaccine may pursue civil action against the employer, including the right to be reinstated, to receive actual damages, and to receive up to three times the full amount of wages that they would have been owed.
More information about the ordinance can be found here. If you have any questions or would like further detail or assistance complying with the Ordinance, please contact an HR Consultant at (727) 563-1500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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