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Paid Leave for Organ Donation Offered to State Employees

LANSING, Mich. -- Thanks to the new paid organ-donation leave, qualified State of Michigan employees can help save a life by donating a kidney, liver, or bone marrow without fear of financial hardship.

“With these changes to the civil service regulations, State of Michigan employees can donate an organ or bone marrow without sacrificing any of their sick or annual leave,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Those who choose to donate a part of themselves to improve the health of a fellow Michigander represent the best of us. It’s a selfless act that can save a life. I appreciate every state employee who chooses to become an organ donor and am proud that we are taking action to make sure they can take the time they need for the procedure without sacrificing their paycheck.”

Recent updates to Michigan Civil Service regulations and collective bargaining agreements provide paid leave to eligible employees who donate a kidney, part of a liver, or bone marrow. Employees will not be required to exhaust sick or annual leave before taking advantage of the paid organ-donation leave.

“It is my hope that offering this paid leave will lessen the economic burden for anyone who chooses to donate an organ and that more people are encouraged to become organ donors,” said Office of the State Employer Director Liza Estlund Olson.

The length of the paid leave for necessary recovery is up to 60 calendar days from the date of donation for individuals who donate a kidney or part of a liver, and up to 30 calendar days from the date of donation for bone marrow.

For more information on the specifics of using the organ-donation leave, see the updated Michigan Civil Service Regulations Book or various union contracts.



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