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Other Leaves: North Carolina

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Amie Flowers Carmack and Daniel J. Palmieri, K&L Gates LLP

Summary

  • Compared to other states, North Carolina has relatively few state laws that require private employers to provide leaves of absence. As a result, such leaves of absence in North Carolina are usually governed by federal law rather than any state-specific requirements. See North Carolina - Leaves of Absence.
  • Female employees disabled by pregnancy are entitled to the same type of job-protected leave as all other employees with short-term disabilities. See Pregnancy Leave.
  • Employees who are parents, guardians or standing in loco parentis are entitled to four hours of school involvement leave per year. See Parental School Involvement Leave.
  • North Carolina employers must allow employees to attend jury duty without any retaliation such as firing or demotion. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employers are not required to provide leave for witness service; however, terminating an employee due to witness service could give rise to a claim of Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy. See Witness Service Leave.
  • Employers are not required to provide leave to vote, but terminating an employee due to an absence associated with voting could give rise to a claim of Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy. See Voting Leave.
  • In addition to federal provisions, employees who are called into active service for the North Carolina National Guard are entitled to unpaid leave under state law. See Military Leave.
  • North Carolina law does not require that private employers provide their employees with paid vacation, nor are employers required to observe any legal holidays. See Vacation Leave.