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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


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in North Carolina. See Leaves of Absence.
  • North Carolina does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An eligible employee is entitled to four hours of school involvement leave per year. See School Activities Leave.
  • Domestic violence victims may take time off from work without fear of reprisal in employment. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • An employer may not retaliate against an employee for attending jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or demote an employee because the employee is appointed and serves as a precinct official on election day. See Precinct Official Leave.
  • While there are no North Carolina laws mandating employee leave to vote, an employer may not terminate or threaten to terminate an employee for any vote the employee casts, intends to cast or does not cast. See Voting Leave.
  • An employee who is called to respond to a state of emergency in the employee's capacity as a volunteer firefighter, member of a rescue squad or member of an emergency medical services agency may take an unpaid leave of absence from work. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • North Carolina law provides eligible employees with military leave. See Military Leave.
  • North Carolina law provides leave rights to Civil Air Patrol members. See Civil Air Patrol Leave.