Organ Donor Leave

The Organ Donor Leave (ODL) Program, in accordance with Assembly Bill (AB) 1825, allows CSU employees, who have exhausted all available sick leave, two types of leaves of absence with pay. The Organ Donor Leave Program is available to all eligible non-represented and represented employees, including student employees, upon date of hire. Part-time and intermittent employees are eligible for ODL on a pro-rata basis.

The Two Types of Leaves of Absence with Pay Provided are:

  1. A paid leave of absence of up to 30 continuous calendar days in any one-year period to any employee who is donating his or her organ to another person.

  2. A paid leave of absence of up to five continuous calendar days in any one-year period to any employee who is donating his or her bone marrow to another person.

The one-year period is a "rolling" year commencing on the first day of ODL. Coverage under ODL is effective once the employee has been deemed eligible for the leave and has exhausted available sick leave credits.

In order for such leave to be designated as ODL, the employee must provide written verification specifying that the employee is an organ or bone marrow donor, and that the donation is medically necessary. Such leave will apply only to those employees who are viable donors, and cannot be used to cover absences for preliminary tests conducted on a "potential" donor.

If an employee is unable to return to work beyond the time or period that ODL was granted, the employee can apply existing vacation credits and/or compensatory time off to the absence, as deemed appropriate. If the employee has exhausted all available leave credits and is unable to return to work following the ODL, the employee may be eligible for Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI).

ODL is subject to coordination with the CSU Family Medical Leave Policy, and employees continue to receive benefits (if enrolled) while participating in ODL. Employees who subsequently exhaust all other available leave credits after ODL, may elect to continue benefits via direct payment.