Madison County government employees will now be able to donate up to 80 hours of their own vacation time to fellow employees who suffer serious illnesses or injuries and must miss work.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas proposed a change to county policy Aug.5 to allow employees to donate vacation days to fellow workers in need. The employees can already donate their sick leave to others.
“I felt employees should be allowed to use that time as they want,” said Thomas.
To accept a donation, an employee must qualify for help through the Family Medical Leave Act. The commissioners agreed to make this part of the policy, because they only want donations in times of serious need, such as for an employee suffering from cancer. They don’t want employees to use up all their vacation time and then ask fellow employees to donate their time.
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