New state law aims to boost organ donation pool by allowing leaves

Journal Times

RACINE — Many working residents can now donate bone marrow or organs without risking their jobs, thanks to a bill co-authored by State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on Friday.

The bill, Senate Bill 517, requires companies with 50 or more full-time employees to provide up to six weeks of unpaid leave to workers who wish to donate bone marrow or an organ.

Walker signed the bill Friday at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

The aim of the legislation is to get more people to at least consider donating bone marrow and organs.

“There are currently over 120,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, 2,300 of whom live in Wisconsin,” Walker said. “Donating a vital organ to a loved one or donor match is a brave and life-saving decision, and those who make that choice should not have to factor the fear of losing money or their job into that important decision.”

The job protection extends to donors of bone marrow, kidneys, partial livers, partial lungs, partial pancreas and partial intestines. Continue reading
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