Q. We have an employee who insists that he is entitled to take off a full eight-hour day with pay to donate blood. What is the law in Georgia regarding an employee’s right to take paid leave for this purpose?
A. The law he is referring to only applies to employees in the public sector. Furthermore, his understanding ofrights under the law is not completely accurate. In this regard, while public-sector employees are entitled to take a paid leave of absence of up to eight hours per calendar year for the purpose of donating blood, the leave is computed at a rate of two hours per donation, up to four times per year.
On a related issue, public sector employees who donate blood platelets or granulocytes through the plasmapheresis process are entitled by law to take a paid leave of absence of up to 16 hours per calendar year, computed at a rate of
four hours per donation, up to four times per year.