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North Carolina Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no North Carolina law that requires private employers to grant their employees paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit.
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North Carolina law mandates that state employees be granted a minimum of 10 days' sick leave per year, prorated monthly and cumulative from year to year. Beyond the minimum, methods of accrual and maximum time allowed are the responsibility of the state Personnel Commission. Sick leave may be used for an employee's own illness or for the care of an ill member of the employee's immediate family. On December 31 of each year, any state employee who has vacation leave beyond the allowed vacation accumulation may request that the leave be converted to sick leave (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-8). Sick leave accumulates at a rate of 8 hours per month or 96 hours a year for full-time employees. Sick leave for part-time employees is computed as a percentage of the total amount provided to a full-time employee (NC Admin. Code Tit. 25 Sec. 1E.0301).
Sick leave may also be used for medical appointments of the employee's immediate family, the death of a member of the employee's immediate family, adoption of a child (limited to 30 workdays for each parent), to care for a biological mother and newborn infant in the employee's immediate family during the mother's period of temporary disability, or be donated to a member of the employee's immediate family who qualifies for voluntary shared leave. In addition, biological mothers can use accumulated sick leave for the actual period of temporary disability caused by childbirth (NC Admin. Code Tit. 25 Sec. 1E.0300).
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