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Leave for Breast Cancer Screening

Leave for Breast Cancer Screening 


Legislation enacted in August 2002 (Chapter 362, Laws 2002) amended the Civil Service Law to entitle employees to take up to four (4) hours of paid leave annually for screening for breast cancer without charge to leave credits. The benefit is available to both female and male employees.

Breast cancer screening includes physical exams and mammograms for the detection of breast

cancer. Travel time is included in this four hour cap. Absence beyond the four hour cap 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 schedule 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.

The employee must provide satisfactory medical documentation to Human Resources to substantiate that their absence was for the purpose of screening for breast cancer. Failure to provide appropriate documentation will result in the employee having to charge her or his accruals.  A cancer screening leave form is available on the Human Resources website.  The employee may bring this form to their medical provider for a signature and then give it to Deborah Bradshaw in Human Resources as satisfactory medical proof.

Leave for breast cancer screening is not cumulative and expires at the close of business on the last day of each calendar year.

Any questions can be directed to Human Resources at x6090.