PUBLIC OFFICERS IN GENERAL
NONCLASSIFIED STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
59-1608. Leave of absence for organ donation. (1) A full-time nonclassified officer or full-time nonclassified employee shall be granted a leave of absence for the time specified for the following purposes:
(a) Five (5) workdays to serve as a bone marrow donor if the officer or employee provides the appointing authority written verification that the employee is to serve as a bone marrow donor; and
(b) Thirty (30) workdays to serve as a human organ donor if the officer or employee provides the appointing authority written verification that the employee is to serve as a human organ donor.
(2) An officer or employee who is granted a leave of absence pursuant to the provisions of this section shall receive his compensation without interruption during the leave of absence. For purposes of determining longevity, performance, pay advancement and performance awards and for receipt of any benefit that may be affected by a leave of absence, the service of the officer or employee shall be considered uninterrupted by the leave of absence.
(3) The appointing authority shall not penalize an officer or employee for requesting or obtaining a leave of absence pursuant to the provisions of this section.
(4) The leave authorized by this section may be requested by the officer or employee only if the officer or employee is the person who is serving as the donor.
[59-1608, added 2006, ch. 257, sec. 2, p. 795.]