In the 1990s, the Minnesota Legislature created two "Vacation Donation" programs. These programs were designed to help critically ill employees who have used up all sick and vacation time due to their illness and critically ill state employees who are burdened with unreimbursed medical bills. The Legislature authorized Minnesota Management & Budget to administer these programs.
The Vacation Donation to Sick Leave Account program (Continued Salary) allows all state employees to donate up to forty hours of accrued vacation leave each fiscal year, to be converted to sick leave that may be used by one or more critically ill state employees who have applied to receive assistance through the program. MMB is authorized to establish administrative procedures for this program, including development of eligibility criteria. (M.S.43A.1815)
The Unreimbursed Medical Costs program provides for payment of unreimbursed medical costs in excess of $10,000. Rather than providing a direct appropriation for this purpose, the program allows all state employees to donate up to twelve hours of accrued vacation leave each fiscal year, which is converted to monetary value and placed in an account established for the benefit of critically ill employees who have applied to receive assistance through the program. The accounts established under this program are administered and controlled by MMB. (M.S. 43A.181)