Bill would require six weeks of unpaid leave for living organ donation

Wisconsin State Journal | David Wahlberg

A state senator whose husband died waiting for an organ transplant is proposing legislation to require Wisconsin companies with 50 or more full-time employees to allow up to six weeks of unpaid leave for donating an organ.

The measure, to be announced Tuesday by Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, could boost donation of kidneys and parts of livers among people who are concerned about losing their jobs if they take time off for surgery and recovery to help others.

“I know firsthand what it’s like to wait and hope,” Darling said Monday in a statement released by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin near Milwaukee, where she plans to unveil the bill Tuesday.

Her husband died in March, at age 71, awaiting a kidney and pancreas transplant. Continue reading