A new law signed last month by Gov. Rendell, The Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act, grants employers a tax credit if they offer paid organ-donor leave to their employees.
State Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) proposed the bill (HB 153) after hearing how some would-be organ donors would be deterred by potential economic losses from missing work.
Businesses providing paid leave to organ donors would receive a state tax credit equal to the employer's cost of providing the paid leave, up to five days for bone marrow or organ donation. Eligible costs include the employee's compensation during the leave, plus the cost of temporary replacement help.
A similar bill was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives last year, but it has languished in committee so far.