Leave for organ or tissue donation
Workers may be absent from work for up to 26 weeks without pay over a 12-month period for organ or tissue donation for transplant. During their absence, their employment relationship is protected.
Days of absence with pay
After 3 months of uninterrupted service with their employer, the worker could be entitled to 2 days of absence with pay to donate organs or tissue for transplant unless these days were used during the year for the following reasons:
- to fulfil family obligations relating to the care, health or education of their child or their spouse’s child or as an informal caregiver
- owing to sickness
- following an accident, domestic violence, sexual violence or a criminal offence
Notice to the employer
A worker who must be absent from work for organ or tissue donation must notify their employer as soon as possible and state the reason for their absence. In certain circumstances, the employer may request a document justifying the worker’s absence.
Return to work
The worker's regular position and benefits are protected during the period of absence for organ or tissue donation.
When the worker returns to work, the employer must reinstate them in their regular position and give them the wages they would have been entitled to had they remained at work.