Workers' Benefits: State Employee Volunteer Leave
A state employee, who is a certified disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross or a state recognized disaster services volunteer organization, is entitled to leave with regular pay and without loss to seniority, pay, vacation time, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulation to participate in disaster relief operations upon request of American Red Cross or volunteer organization, with approval of the employing agency. During leave, the employee will not be considered a state employee for the purposes of workers' compensation. This is limited to 120 work hours in a fiscal year, either consecutively or nonconsecutively , and up to 25 state employees can be granted leave.
Red Cross and other emergency management agency recognized volunteers granted leave during disasters — procedure — definition — additional employees granted leave, when
1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any employee of an agency of the state of Missouri, who has been certified by the American Red Cross or certified by a volunteer organization with a disaster service commitment recognized by the state emergency management agency as a disaster service volunteer, may be granted leave from work with pay to participate in specialized disaster relief services for the American Red Cross or such volunteer organization, not to exceed a total of twenty-five full-time equivalent state employees for a total of one hundred twenty work hours in any fiscal year for each full-time equivalent employee. The employee shall be released from work to participate in specialized disaster relief services upon request from an authorized representative of the American Red Cross or such volunteer organization for such employee and upon the approval of such employee’s appointing authority. The appointing authority shall compensate an employee granted leave pursuant to this section at the employee’s regular rate of pay for regular work hours during which the employee is absent from the employee’s regular place of employment for the state of Missouri. Any leave granted pursuant to this section shall not affect the employee’s leave status. 2. Before any payment of salary is made covering the period of the leave, the authorized representative of the American Red Cross or such volunteer organization, pursuant to subsection 1 of this section, shall file with the appointing authority or supervising agency evidence that such employee participated in specialized disaster relief services during the time such leave pay is granted. 3. No certified disaster service volunteer shall be discharged from employment because of such person’s status as a certified disaster service volunteer nor shall such employee be discriminated against or dissuaded from volunteering or continuing such service as a certified disaster relief volunteer. For the purposes of this section, the term “certified disaster volunteer” means a person who has completed the necessary training for, and has been certified as, a disaster service specialist by the American Red Cross or such volunteer organization, pursuant to subsection 1 of this section. 4. Upon written order of the governor, additional employees, not to exceed twenty-five full-time equivalent state employees, may be granted leave pursuant to this section to participate in specialized disaster relief services for disasters occurring within this state.