City of Boston COVID-19 Testing Policy for Employees

Benefit-eligible City employees will be provided one paid hour every 14 days to get tested during their normal work hours. Employees working remotely and/or those rotating into physical work locations must schedule testing on days and times they are working remotely. You will not be be required to utilize your sick or personal time for one hour of testing. This benefit doesn’t mean you have to get tested-- it’s just an extra resource in case you need more flexibility in your day to go get tested for COVID-19.

All benefit-eligible employees whether physically reporting to work, working remotely, or
working a combination of both are eligible for this leave. Employees are eligible for this
leave even in their probationary period. Employees on extended leaves of absence or on
suspension are not entitled to such leave.

The policy will be effective beginning on October 30, 2020, at which time employees will be
able to begin requesting paid leave for COVID-19 test appointments beginning on
November 2, 2020. The policy will be effective until June 30, 2021.

In order to access this leave benefit employees must provide their supervisor/manager at
least forty-eight (48) hours’ notice and receive approval to use such leave.
Employees are required to complete the attached self-certification of COVID-19 testing
form and submit it to the BPL HR department.

Return to Work
Employees who are asymptomatic and participate in such testing are permitted to return
to work while awaiting testing results.  Employees should immediately notify their supervisor and go home if they receive a notification that they are positive for COVID-19 while at work. If employees receive notice
of a positive test while out of work, they should immediately notify their supervisor or
human resources professional of the same and remain home and report back consistent
with the City's Return to Work Guidelines .


Click here for testing sites around Boston

Click here for testing sites around the State