Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Leave Effective Today

As previously reported (in “Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave Coming to Wisconsin Workplaces July 1, 2016“), in April of 2016, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 517 into law. This bill requires covered Wisconsin employers (in other words, employers who employ 50+ employees in Wisconsin) to provide leave to their employees for the purpose of donating bone marrow or an organ.

Today, this law goes into effect.  Covered employers must now be prepared to grant  eligible employees up to 6 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave in a 12-month period for the purpose of donating bone marrow or an organ. To be eligible for this leave, an employee must

  1. have been employed by the same employer for more than 52 consecutive weeks and
  2. have worked for the employer for at least 1,000 hours during the preceding 52-week period.

In addition, covered employers must post the Wisconsin Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Leave Act notice in a conspicuous location in the workplace starting July 1, 2016.  This notice is available in both English and Spanish.

Finally, employers with 25 to 49 employees are required to post a notice which states the employer’s policies for bone marrow and organ donation leave.

We recommend that affected Wisconsin employers review their leave policies and work-site postings to verify that they are in compliance with this new law.