The Chicago City Council last week passed an ordinance providing more rights to employees who take time off from work to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. Effective immediately, this ordinance allows Chicago employees and independent contractors to get vaccinated during their work hours, requires pay for hours taken to get vaccinated from employers that make vaccination mandatory, and prohibits retaliation for taking time during a shift to get vaccinated.
The Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, passed April 21, 2021, offers the following protections to employees:
The ordinance provides that employees denied the aforementioned rights may file a complaint with the Office of Labor Standards. Employers found to have violated the ordinance shall be liable for a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000.This is the latest effort by Chicago to promote vaccination. We will continue to provide updates on future developments. If you have questions regarding this new ordinance, or any issues related to vaccination, return-to-work, or other human resources matters, please contact a member of Gould & Ratner’s Human Resources and Employment Law Practice for further guidance.