The New York State Legislature has amended the Civil Service Law to expand leave time with pay, which was previously limited to leave time for breast and prostate screening, examination and testing, to include screening, examination and testing for all cancers. Leave for this purpose may not be charged to sick leave or any other paid leave accrual of the employee, unless the period of absence on the workday of the screening exceeds four (4) hours, including travel time. Time taken in excess of four (4) hours would be unpaid time or charged to other paid leave accruals, if the criteria for use of such other paid leave is satisfied.
The change in the law was accomplished by expanding the statutory provision for breast cancer screening exams at Section 159-b of the Civil Service Law to include all forms of cancer, while repealing Section 159-c of that law that previously applied to prostate cancer screening.
Clients should contact our office with any questions they have relating to this change in the law.