Living organ donors; discrimination prohibited, unpaid leave, civil penalty. (SB271)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Living organ donors; discrimination prohibited; unpaid leave; civil penalty. Prohibits any person from refusing to insure, refusing to continue to insure, or limiting the amount or extent of life insurance, disability insurance, or long-term care insurance coverage available to an individual or to charge an individual a different rate for the same coverage based solely and without any additional actuarial risks upon the status of such individual as a living organ donor. The bill requires that an employer that employs 15 or more employees provide eligible employees with (i) up to 60 business days of unpaid organ donation leave in any 12-month period to serve as an organ donor and (ii) up to 30 business days of unpaid organ donation leave in any 12-month period to serve as a bone marrow donor. The bill requires the employer to restore the employee's position following the leave, to continue to provide coverage for the employee under any health benefit plan, and to pay the employee any commission earned prior to the leave. The bill prohibits the employer from taking retaliatory action against the employee for taking organ donation leave. The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to enforce its provisions and provides for civil penalties for violations of its requirements. Read the Bill »


01/17/2022: passed committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100578D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2022Incorporates SB242 (Hashmi)
01/17/2022Incorporates SB244 (Hashmi)
01/17/2022Committee substitute printed 22104647D-S1
01/17/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

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