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AAKP National Policy Update

Living Organ Donors Now Covered By The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

AAKP thanks Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for acting boldlyfor both living organ donors and patients.

In 2018, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and the U.S. Department of Labor extended Family Medical Leave Act protections to living organ donors.

This is a major policy change that impacts courageous living donors, those awaiting life-saving organ transplants and our society.

Below please read the U.S. Department of Labor 2018 policy decision letter, the AAKP press release and watch the AAKP video:

“This letter responds to your request for an opinion letter concerning whether organ-donation surgery can qualify as a ‘serious health condition’ under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). As discussed below, we conclude that it can.”

Click the button below to read the full letter.

U.S. Dept of Labor Letter

Watch U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale read the groundbreaking decision during his appearance at the AAKP Inaugural Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

AAKP Video

In this press release below, AAKP thanks U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta for his leadership and bold action to protect the job security of courageous Americans who wish to take time off from their jobs to donate their organs to patients in need of life-saving transplants.

AAKP Press Release


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