Law amended to allow paid leave for cancer screening

Section 159-b of the Civil Service Law was amended to entitle State officers and employees to paid leave without charge to leave credits for screening of all cancers.  This new provision took effect on March 18, 2018 and applies to all bargaining units.   There is now a new non-chargeable type of “Cancer Screening” in the drop down menu within the Time and Attendance System to replace , “Breast Cancer Screening” and “Prostate Cancer Screening”.

Employees who charge leave credits for cancer screening on or after March 18, 2018 are entitled, upon submission of satisfactory documentation that the employee’s absence was for purposes of cancer screening, to paid leave for such absence and to have credits used for that purpose restored.

Employees are entitled to a leave of absence for 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 cancer screenings that occur on pass days or holidays.

Cancer screening includes physical exams, blood work or other laboratory tests for the detection of cancer.  Travel time is included in this four-hour cap.  Absence beyond the four-hour cap must be charged to leave credits.