Leave for Prostate Cancer Screening

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Policy Statement

Legislation enacted in July 2004 (Chapter 237, Laws of 2004, section 159-c) amended the Civil Service Law to entitle employees to take up to four hours of paid leave annually for screening for prostate cancer. The law states that every public employee shall be entitled to absent himself and shall be deemed to have a leave of absence from his 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 prostate cancer.

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

Prostate cancer screening includes physical exams and blood work for the detection of prostate 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 prostate cancer screening scheduled during the employees' regular work hours. Employees who undergo screenings outside their regular work schedules do so on their own time. For example, employees are not granted compensatory time off for prostate cancer screenings that occur on pass days or holidays. 

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

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

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date  December 1, 2017 Three year review
Adoption Date  Unavailable Policy Adopted


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Last Updated 2/23/18

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