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VOLUME 24 | September 2019

Organ and Bone Marrow Donation Leave Law to Go Into Effect Next Week

By: Andrew G. Scott, Esq.

Starting October 1, 2019, all employers in Maryland with 15 or more employees will be required to provide “eligible employees” unpaid leave to donate organs or bone marrow. The law defines “eligible employee” in the same manner as the Family Medical Leave Act (i.e., an individual who has been employed for at least 12 months and who has worked at least 1,250 hours during those 12 months), but it specifically provides that organ and bone marrow donation leave “may not be taken concurrently with any leave taken under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.”



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Andrew Scott is a Member of PK Law and part of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. He represents private sector employers and public schools before federal and state courts, federal and state civil rights agencies, and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings on a variety of matters, including employment discrimination litigation, collective bargaining, teacher and student discipline, construction and procurement, and wage and hour claims. Mr. Scott also advises clients on the design and implementation of employment agreements, employee handbooks, policies and procedures.  Mr. Scott can be reached at 410-339-6744 or