University of Illinois System

Blood or Blood Platelet Donor Leave

Eligible employees may be granted paid leave time for the purpose of donating blood or blood platelets.

Blood or blood platelet donor leave is provided for under State of Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 327 - Organ Donor Leave Act.


Permanent full- or part-time faculty, civil service, or academic professional employees who are employed for six months or more may be eligible to request this leave.


Leave time for donation should be arranged at a time that is workable for both the employee and the department. When requesting leave, the employee must provide his/her supervisor with as much advanced notification as possible.

Length of Leave

Up to 1 hour or more of paid leave may be granted every 56 days to donate blood. Up to 2 hours or more of paid leave may be granted to donate blood platelets in accordance with recognized standards, not to exceed 24 times in a 12 month period. Employees are NOT required to use accumulated sick or vacation leave time before requesting Blood or Blood Platelet Donor Leave.

Benefits Continuation

While on blood or blood platelet donor leave, employees continue to receive the same State and University benefits as when actively working. All State-paid contributions continue.