III-22.12 Blood, Bone Marrow, and Living Organ Donation

III-22.12 Bone Marrow and Organ Donation

(9/07; 10/1/21)

Effective October 1, 2021, this policy has been revised. For the most current version without redlining, return to III-22.12.

  1. Employees who are absent in order to serve as blood, bone marrow, or living organ donors will be provided paid leave, not charged against sick or vacation accruals, for up to 5 workdays for a bone marrow donation, or up to 30 days for an living organ donation, or up to 2 consecutive hours in a workday (up to 4 times per calendar year) for voluntary blood donation, subject to the documentation requirements outlined below.
  2. Definitions.
    1. “Blood” means whole blood, power red, platelets, or plasma.
    2. “Bone marrow” means the soft tissue that fills human bone cavities.
    3. "Living organ" in this context includes a lung or part of a lungone of two lobes of liver, part of the pancreas, one of two kidneys, or part of the intestines, or other organ that requires the continuous circulation of blood to remain useful for purposes of transplantation.
  3. Donation verification is to be provided by the physician or hospital involved in the donation. The employee must provide written donation verification from the employee’s physician, or from  the facility  or hospital involved in the donation.
  4. Such leave will not cause loss of seniority, pay, benefits, paid leave accruals, or overtime accumulation. However, if the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to the absence, the hours will count toward the employee’s annual FMLA maximum hours.

(See IC 70A.39; Iowa Senate File 336.)