Organ Donor Leave

The Organ Donor Leave (ODL) program allows CSU employees, who have exhausted all available sick leave, the following leaves of absence with pay:

  • A paid leave of absence not exceeding 30 continuous calendar days in any one-year period to any employee who is donating his or her organ to another person.
  • A paid leave of absence not exceeding five continuous calendar days in any one-year period to any employee who is donating his or her bone marrow to another person.


The ODL program is available to all eligible non-represented and represented employees, including student employees. It is available on a pro-rata basis to part-time employees. Program participation is subject to requirements specified in the program’s design.


To be eligible to participate in the ODL program, an employee must provide written verification to the HR Leaves Administrator and supervisor that he/she is an organ or bone marrow donor and there is a medical necessity for the donation. Written verification must be from the donor’s attending physician on hospital/physician letterhead. The employee should notify the HR Leaves Administrator and supervisor, and provide the written verification, as soon as possible in advance of the medical procedure.

Coordination with Other Leave Programs

  • Employees must exhaust their available sick leave prior to using ODL.
  • Employees may use their sick leave for the purpose of being an organ or bone marrow donor, then use the ODL once sick leave is exhausted.
  • Employees who are NOT eligible to earn sick leave are still eligible for ODL.
  • ODL may not exceed 30 calendar days in any one year.
  • ODL may not be used for preliminary tests conducted on the “potential” donor.
  • Leave may be used only when the employee has been identified as a viable donor.
  • ODL is coordinated with the CSU Family and Medical Leave Program.
  • Consistent with organ donor law and CSU Family Medical Leave policy, if an employee is unable to return to work beyond the time or period that he or she was granted ODL, he or she shall use vacation or compensatory time off, if appropriate.
  • If the employee has exhausted his/her leave credits and is unable to return to work, the employee may be eligible for Non-Industrial Disability Leave (NDI).

Limits on Frequency of Use of Organ Donor Leave Program

  • ODL is limited to 30 consecutive days in a one-year period for organ donation and 5 consecutive days for bone marrow donation. The one-year period is a “rolling” year commencing on the first day of ODL.

Employment Status and Continuation of Benefits

  • Time during which an employee is required to be absent from his/her position by reason of being an organ or bone marrow donor is not a break in continuous service for purposes of eligibility to salary adjustments, sick leave, vacation, or seniority.

  • Employees enrolled in CSU benefits continue to receive their benefits while participating in the ODL. Employees whose leave extends beyond the ODL’s maximums and who subsequently exhaust all other available leave credits, may elect to continue benefit premiums directly to the benefit plan. Employees making direct payments pay both the employer and employee share of benefit premiums.

Return to Work

  • The employee must provide a doctor’s release in order to return to work, consistent with CSU/Cal Poly Pomona policy.