New York State Mandated Time Off


The Research Foundation allows eligible employees to earn accruals for vacation, sick, and personal leave, and to take other types of leave, such as holiday leave and leave without pay.

Under New York State Law, the RF is required to grant several other types of leave to employees upon request.

Blood Donation

Employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for three (3) hours of unpaid leave in a calendar year for donating blood. Employees must provide reasonable notice of their intention to take this leave. Employees may use accrued time off.

Alternatively, employees may take paid leave twice a year without charging leave accruals to donate blood at a time and place established by the employer (ex. RF blood drive).

Bone Marrow Donation

Employees who work at least 20 hours per week can take unpaid time off to donate bone marrow. The amount of time off should be determined by a physician and can be up to a total of 24 hours. The employer may request verification from the physician for the purpose and length of each leave.

Voting in Statewide Elections

If employees do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote in statewide elections they may take up to two (2) hours of paid time off at the beginning or end of the work shift.

Sufficient time is defined as four (4) consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of the work shift, or between the end of the work shift and the closing of polls.

Employees must provide notice of their intent to take this time off no more than 10, but not fewer than 2 days before the election.

Campus locations should post a notice of the employee’s right to take time off to vote within 10 days of the election and should remain posted until the close of polls.

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