SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any employee of the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions, whose employment is terminated as a result of their failure to comply with an employer’s COVID 19 vaccine mandate shall receive an automatic unpaid leave of absence for 2 years from the date of Termination. Said termination shall become effective two years from the termination date unless said employee becomes vaccinated, or there is a policy change repealing an employer’s vaccine mandate. Any employee who is vaccinated within two years of their termination date in accordance with the provisions of this section, or whose employer amends or repeals their vaccine mandate to allow for the employment of unvaccinated individuals, shall be reinstated to their position without loss of seniority, pay or benefits including collective bargaining status and local union representation.
SECTION 2. Any employee who is terminated in accordance with the provisions of section 1 shall be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
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