As of January 1, 2011, California employees who are organ donors are entitled to up to 30 days of paid leave in any one-year period, and those who are bone marrow donors are entitled to at least five days of paid leave. The new paid leave requirements apply to employers who have at least 15 employees in California. During the paid leave, the employer must continue to make its regular contributions toward the cost of the employee’s group health coverage. A new Leavitt Benefits Compliance bulletin explains these provisions, which were added to the California Labor Code (Section 1508 et seq) by Senate Bill 1304.
Click the “Leavitt Bulletins” tab above to see the March 1, 2011 Benefits Compliance bulletin about the new California paid donor leave.