Workers' Benefits: Private Employee Volunteer Leave
An employee of a private company, who is a qualified volunteer and is called into service by a volunteer organization, is entitled to a leave of absence without loss of pay, seniority, or benefit. An employee who is considered an essential to the operation of the employer's daily tasks is not required to be granted leave. This is limited to 15 days in a calendar year either consecutively or nonconsecutively .
Qualified volunteers - leave of absence - private employees
(1) Any qualified volunteer who is employed by a private employer and who is called into service by a volunteer organization for a disaster is entitled to a leave of absence from the qualified volunteer's employment, other than employment of a temporary nature, for the time when the qualified volunteer is serving. The leave allowed for a qualified volunteer pursuant to this section shall not exceed a total of fifteen work days in any calendar year, and the leave shall be allowed only if the volunteer is called into service for a disaster and provides proof that he or she is a qualified volunteer pursuant to section 24-33.5-824 (2). (2) The leave of absence allowed pursuant to this section shall be construed as an absence with leave and without pay and shall not affect the qualified volunteer's rights to vacation, sick leave, bonus, advancement, or other employment benefits or advantages relating to and normally to be expected for the qualified volunteer's particular employment. (3) The leave of absence pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be allowed only if the qualified volunteer returns to his or her employment as soon as practicable after being relieved from emergency volunteer service. (4) The employer of a qualified volunteer who takes a leave of absence from employment to engage in emergency volunteer service shall, upon the qualified volunteer's completion of the emergency volunteer service, restore the qualified volunteer to the position the volunteer held prior to the leave of absence or to a similar position. (5) Notwithstanding this section, an employer shall not be required to provide leave pursuant to this section to more than twenty percent of the employer's employees on any work day. (6) Notwithstanding this section, an employer shall not be required to allow leave pursuant to this section for any employee designated as an essential employee. For the purposes of this subsection (6), "essential employee" means an employee who the employer deems to be essential to the operation of the employer's daily enterprise, whose absence would likely cause the employer to suffer economic injury, or whose duties include assisting in disaster recovery for the employer.