Shared leave can also be donated for state workers in the military, who take leave without pay when they are deployed.
In most cases, workers who need Shared Leave request it, and coworkers can respond with their donations for specific individuals.
Recently, the State Legislature raised the limit of Shared Leave hours a person can receive and made allowances for extraordinary cases – legislation McMillan helped create.
“As long as I can, I’m gonna work. I need the income and the health care benefits, and it’s also really helpful to me psychologically to be able to contribute and maintain some of the professional work that I’ve done my entire life.”
The program operates at virtually no cost to the state, he adds, and is a way for coworkers to help each others’ families stay afloat when life takes a challenging turn.