A state employee must be granted leave from work with 100 percent of pay to donate blood at a location away from the place of work. The total amount of leave used under this section may not exceed three hours in a 12-month period, and must be determined by the employee. A state employee seeking leave from work under this section must provide 14 days' notice to the appointing authority. This leave must not affect the employee's vacation leave, pension, compensatory time, personal vacation days, sick leave, earned overtime accumulation, or cause a loss of seniority. For the purposes of this section, "state employee" does not include an employee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.