Workers' Benefits: State Employee Leave
A state employee, who is a certified disaster relief service volunteer of the American Red Cross, and who both receives a request for service from the American Red Cross and gets leave authorization from their employer, can leave their place of employment for up to 15 working days per year to participate in disaster relief work. The state employee will continue to receive normal wages during the 15 days, and will not lose seniority, accumulated vacation leave, sick leave, or earned overtime. They will not, however, be entitled to state workers’ compensation during the 15 days.
Disaster Relief Services Leave
I. Any state employee who is a certified disaster relief service volunteer of the American Red Cross may, with the authorization of the employee's supervisor, be granted leave not to exceed 15 working days in any fiscal year to participate in specialized disaster relief service work if: (a) The request for service is made by the American Red Cross; and (b) The disaster is designated as level III or above according to the American National Red Cross regulations and procedures. II. An employee granted leave under this section shall not lose seniority, accumulated vacation leave, sick leave, or earned overtime. In addition, the employee shall be paid the employee's regular pay based on regular work hours during the leave. III. The state shall not be liable for workers' compensation claims of the employee arising out of the disaster relief service work performed pursuant to this section.