Workers' Benefits: State or County Employee Volunteer Leave
A state or county employee, who is a disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross or a federally chartered nongovernmental disaster relief organization, is entitled to leave with regular pay and without loss to seniority, pay, vacation time, compensatory time, sick time, or earned overtime accumulation to participate in disaster relief operations with approval of the governor, mayor, or respective designee. The leave will be granted only for services related to a disaster designated as level III or higher by the American Red Cross or officially declared by the President or Governor. This is limited to up to 30 days of leave.
Paid leave for state and county employees providing disaster relief services for the American Red Cross
(a) The governor or mayor or their respective designees may grant a state or county employee who is a certified American Red Cross disaster volunteer up to thirty days paid leave of absence to perform disaster relief services for the American Red Cross, a federally chartered nongovernmental disaster relief organization, when a disaster has been: (1) Designated as level III or higher by American Red Cross regulations; (2) Officially declared by the president of the United States; or (3) Declared a state of emergency by the governor; provided that the employee has prior authorization from the governor or mayor, or their respective designee, as applicable, and the leave of absence imposes no undue hardship on state or county operations. (b) Employees granted leaves of absence pursuant to this section shall be paid at their regular rates of pay for those regular hours during which the employees are absent from work, without loss of seniority, pay, vacation, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulations.