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Blood Donation Leave Policy

Policy Author:
Employee Engagement

Responsible Office – Department:
Employee Engagement

Effective Date of Policy:
1999

This notice is pursuant to the New York State Labor Law Section 202-j and the Guidelines for Implementation of Employee Blood Donation Leave issued by the New York State Department of Labor.

All employees who work twenty or more hours per week on average are entitled to either:

  • One three-hour unpaid leave of absence per calendar year to donate blood at an off-premises location.

-OR-

  • Paid leave two times per year to donate blood at a blood drive at your place of employment or at a time and place set by your employer.

You are required to give reasonable notice of the need for leave for this purpose; the amount of notice required may vary depending on the circumstances. If the donation is made at an off-premises location, you may also be required to furnish the Office of Employee Engagement with documentation of the donation.

All questions regarding leave should be directed to the Office of Employee Engagement.

Updated on June 29, 2021

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