North Carolina Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have laws that require private employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but North Carolina does not have such a law. However, most North Carolina employers with 50 or more employees will be covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). North Carolina employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide paid or unpaid family leave at their own discretion.
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Any employee who is a parent, guardian, or a person standing in place of a parent of a school-age child may take 4 hours of unpaid time off per year to attend activities at the child's school. “School” means any public, private, or religious school that provides grade school instruction; preschool; or child daycare facility. The leave must be at a time mutually agreed upon between the employer and employee.
Employers may require employees to request the time off in writing 48 hours in advance and may also require employees to provide written verification from the child's school that the employee did, in fact, attend school activities during the time off.
Employers may not discharge, demote, or otherwise take an adverse employment action against an employee who requests or takes leave for covered school visits. Employers are not required to provide paid leave for such visits (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-28.3).
Employees have a right to take “reasonable time off” to obtain or seek to obtain protection under the state’s domestic violence law. An employee who is absent from work must follow the employer's usual time-off policy or procedure, including advance notice to the ...

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