Leave for Breast Cancer Screening

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To: HSC & West Campus State Employees

From: Lynn Johnson, Director Human Resource Services

Date: February 20th, 2003

Legislation enacted in August 2002 (Chapter 362, Laws of 2002) entitles State employees (male & female) to take up to four hours of paid leave annually (without charge to leave credits) for breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening includes physical exams and mammograms for the detection of breast cancer. The four hours of paid leave includes travel time. Absence beyond four hours must be charged to leave credits.

Employees are entitled to paid leave (up to 4 hours) when the breast cancer screening is scheduled during the employee's regular work schedule. Breast cancer screenings done outside the employee's regular work schedule (i.e. on a pass day or holiday) are on the employee's own time and compensatory time is not granted. Leave for breast cancer screening is not cumulative and expires at the close of business on the last day of each calendar year.

Employees must indicate "BCS" (Breast Cancer Screening) on their time sheet when using this leave, and attach appropriate medical documentation to support the absence.

If you require additional information, please contact Des Jessop at (631) 632-6181.