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Time Off for Donating Blood

The New York State Legislature has amended the Labor Law to provide as follows:
An employer must grant three hours of leave of absences in any twelve month period to an employer who seeks to donate blood.

For the purposes of the statute, an employee is defined as a person who performs services for hire for an employer for an average of twenty or more hours per week.

The statute does not specify whether the leave for blood donation is to be paid or unpaid. However, the University, as a matter of policy, has decided to permit employees to donate blood during work hours, without using leave time.

To avail him or herself of the three hours to donate blood, the employee must provide you with reasonable notice of his/her intent to donate blood, preferably at least a weeks notice, and proof as to the time and place when he/she will be donating blood.