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The Wisconsin Bone Marrow or Organ Donation Leave Act
New law, new poster

The Wisconsin Bone Marrow or Organ Donation Leave Act went into effect on July 1st.  This state laws required all employers with 50 or more permanent employees to allow employees up to six weeks leave in a 12-month period for the purpose of serving as a bone marrow or organ donor, if the employee provides his or her employer with written verification that he or she is to serve as a bone marrow or organ donor. Leave may be taken only for the period necessary for the employee to undergo the donation procedure and to recover from the procedure.

Eligible employees must have worked for the employer more than 52 consecutive weeks and for at least 1000 hours during that 52-week period.

The law also requires that employees be allowed to substitute paid or unpaid leave provided by the employer for Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave. Employer may have leave policies that are more generous than leaves required by law.

There is also a new posting requirement related to this law. All employers who have 25 or more employees must post a notice which states the employer's policies for bone marrow and organ donation leave and employers with 50 or more employees must also post, in one or more conspicuous places, the new DWD poster. 

WRA restaurant members can look for this new poster and additional updated posters in a mailing within the next month.  In the meantime click here to print out a plain paper copy.

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