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For Leave Donation slips to be processed, they must:

  • Have completed: Donor's name, employee ID number, bargaining unit, department code, number of hours donated, annual or personal leave box checked, and the recipient's name in the "leave donated to" section and the recipient's employee ID number in the remarks section.
  • They must be for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • They must be signed by the donor.
  • For ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 to process the donated leave, the recipient MUST be a GGU member. (Leave is always processed by the recipient's Union).

Leave Donation slips are forwarded by the union to the Division of Finance for processing:

  • Leave donations will be posted by the Division of Finance to the recipient's account during the pay period in which received (1 through 15, or 16 through the end of the month) for use from that pay period forward.
  • Donations shall not be posted for use in a pay period prior to that in which it is received.

How and When can the Recipient use the Donated Leave?

  • Donated leave may not be used until all accrued sick and annual or personal leave has been exhausted. However, as with all leave, approval and use of donated leave is at the Employer's discretion.
  • The Division of Finance will convert the donated leave to dollars at the annualized hourly rate of the donor. That dollar amount will be converted to leave at the annualized hourly rate of the recipient and the appropriate hours of leave will be added to the recipient's donated leave account for use as sick leave.
  • Each member may only receive 300 hours of donated leave during the life of the contract. (That means 300 hours after it has been converted to the recipient's hourly rate).

How do we get it back once it has been donated?

  • You can't get leave back once it has been donated.
  • That is why it is important to only process as much leave as the recipient can use.
  • It cannot be transferred to another person once it has been processed.
  • If the recipient cannot use the leave for the illness it was collected (they get better and are back to work early) the leave remains in the donated leave account and cannot be accessed by the recipient unless they again exhaust all sick and annual leave and need more time off for sick leave. If they quit the State before using all donated leave, that donated leave is lost.

Leave donations will not reduce the mandatory leave usage requirements established in the collective bargaining agreement. Upon the death of an employee, any unused donated leave shall be paid in cash to the employee's beneficiaries at the employee's annualized hourly rate. If in doubt, refer to actual contract language on Donated Leave. See union contract Articles 25.02 D and 26.09.

Articles 25.02 and 26.09 provide:

Employees shall be allowed to donate annual leave to and receive donations of annual or personal leave from employees in this unit or those represented by a different union or noncovered employees subject to the following conditions:

1. Each employee wishing to donate annual/personal leave will fill out, date and sign a leave slip showing the amount of leave to be donated subject to a minimum of two (2) hours. The leave slip will have written along the bottom, or in the space provided, "Leave donated to (employee name, social security number)."

2. The recipient's union will be responsible for gathering all leave donations to be forwarded to the Division of Finance for processing. Leave donations will be posted by the Division of Finance to the recipient's account during the pay period in which received (1 through 15, or 16 through the end of the month) for use from that pay period forward. Donations shall not be posted for use in a pay period prior to that in which received.

3. The Division of Finance will convert the donated leave to dollars at the annualized hourly rate of the donor. That dollar amount will be converted to leave at the annualized hourly rate of the recipient and the appropriate hours of leave will be added to the recipient's donated leave account for use as sick leave. The total amount of leave credited to the recipient's donated leave account shall not exceed 300 hours during the life of the current agreement. Donated leave may not be used until all accrued sick and annual or personal leave has been exhausted.

4. Once the Division of Finance has completed the above process, the State will not be obligated for further processing or liabilities resulting therefrom. Once the donation has been transferred to the recipient, the donation cannot be withdrawn, modified or otherwise returned to the donor's leave account. Leave donations will not reduce the mandatory leave usage requirements established in the collective bargaining agreement. Upon the death of an employee, any unused donated leave shall be paid in cash to the employee's beneficiaries at the employee's annualized hourly rate.