Jan 12, 2011

Paid Donor Leave for California Employees

Beginning this year, California employees are entitled to paid time off to donate organs or bone marrow. (Cal. Labor Code sections 1508 - 1513.) Employers with at least 15 employees must allow employees to take up to 30 days of paid leave in any one-year period for organ donation, and up to five days in any one-year period to donate bone marrow. The donation need not be for the employee's family member; it can be for any other person. 

Employers may require employees to use up to five days of their accrued paid sick or vacation time to donate bone marrow, and up to two weeks for organ donation. This time off cannot be counted towards the employee's leave entitlement under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act. In other words, this time off is in addition to the 12 weeks of leave for which the employee may be eligible under these laws.