Leave for Breast Cancer Screening

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Policy Statement

Legislation enacted in August 2002 (Chapter 362, Laws of 2002, section 159-b) amended the Civil Service Law to entitle employees to take up to four hours of paid leave annually for screening for breast cancer. The law states that every public employee shall be entitled to absent himself or herself and shall be deemed to have a leave of absence from his or her duties or service. The paid leave allows for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours on an annual basis, to undertake a screening for breast cancer.

Category Name: Human Resources
Responsible Unit: Payroll
Responsible Exec: VP for Administration and Finance
Adoption Date: Unavailable
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Policy Procedures

Breast cancer screening includes physical exams and mammograms for the detection of breast cancer. The paid leave allowance covers only the time for appointments or procedures, plus travel time, up to four hours. Absences beyond this allowance must be charged to leave credits. 

Employees are entitled to a leave of absence for breast cancer screening scheduled during the employees' regular work hours. Employees who undergo screenings outside their regular work hours do so on their own time. For example, employees are not granted compensatory time off for breast cancer screenings that occur on a pass day or a holiday.

Employees are not required to have Attendance Rules coverage to be granted this leave with pay.


Medical documentation stating that the employee's absence was for the purpose of screening for breast cancer must be submitted with the employee's timesheet.

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date  December 2017  Three year review
Adoption Date  Unavailable Policy Adopted


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Last Updated 2/21/18

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