2021 Legislation

2016 Legislation

The following is a summary of 2021 NYSTRS-related legislation that has been signed into law.

COVID-19 Public Employee Death Benefit

Chapter 78 of the Laws of 2021 (S4681/A3988)
Signed into law March 12, 2021
Effective Date: March 1, 2020

Chapter 78 amends various provisions of law in relation to extending the COVID-19 accidental death benefit to statutory beneficiaries of active New York State public employees (state and local) who worked on or after March 1, 2020, contracted COVID-19, COVID-19 was the cause or contributed to the employee’s death and the employee then died on or before December 31, 2022.

Refer to our COVID-19 Accidental Death Benefit Fact Sheet for additional information regarding eligibility and claiming the benefit.

COVID-19 Vaccination Paid Leave

Chapter 77 of the Laws of 2021 (S2588-A/A3354-B)
Signed into law March 12, 2021
Effective Date: March 12, 2021
Remains in Effect Through December 31, 2022

Chapter 77 amends the Civil Service Law to grant public employees with paid leave of up to 4 hours per injection to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The law applies unless the employee is already entitled to a greater number of hours pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

Public employees include public officers, employees of the state, county, community college, public authority, public benefit corporation, BOCES, vocational education and extension board, a school district, municipality, or any employee participating in the NYS and Local Employees' Retirement System or Teachers' Retirement System.

NYSTRS does not administer this statute. Contact your employer for additional information.


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