Employee Leave Options

Employee Leave

The State of North Carolina values a work-life balance and offers a generous leave package in support of this mission. Our hope is to have our employees excel at work, be involved in the community and have a balanced home life. The State offers leave in the following categories: holidays, vacation, sick, community service, family medical, family illness, military, voluntary shared, and civil leave, as well as awards special leave.

Vacation Leave

At least 112 hours (14 days) of vacation leave is provided yearly to permanent, probationary, trainee and provisional employees. As length of service increases, the amount of leave earned increases. Leave is prorated for part-time employees. The Vacation Leave Policy is prorated for part-time employees.

Sick Leave

The Sick Leave Policy allots 96 Hours (12 days yearly) of sick leave. This leave is provided to permanent, probationary, and trainee employees. Leave is prorated for part-time employees.


State employees receive 12 paid holidays annually. They are set by the State Human Resources Commission. Employees receive Holiday Premium Pay and equal time off for holiday work. Each year the State publishes a holiday schedule.

Community Service Leave

In recognition of the State’s diverse needs for volunteers to support schools, communities, citizens, and non-profit organizations, and recognizing the commitment of State employees to engage in volunteer service, Community Service Leave, within the parameters outlined below, may be granted to:

  • parents for child involvement in the schools (as defined below)
  • any employee for volunteer activity in the schools or in a Community Service Organization (as defined below), or
  • any employee for tutoring and mentoring in the schools, or
  • any employee for volunteering in a State of North Carolina Public University, Community College System or State agency provided that the service is outside of the employee’s normal scope of duties and responsibilities and that the employee is not receiving any form of compensation for the services rendered.

To encourage State employees to be engaged in their community, OSHR teamed up with the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign to create a volunteer database. Employees can search the list for volunteering opportunities that fits their interest and get involved with charity organizations that appeal to them.

In addition, there are special guidelines outlined at the end of this policy for Emergency Services, Blood and Bone Marrow Donorship and Disaster Service Volunteer with the American Red Cross. A Volunteer Database exists to highlight the many community service opportunities available.

Learn more about how state employees are giving back

Family Medical Leave

FMLA Policy is available to permanent employees with at least one year of current service (permanent or temporary) who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more each week (half time) are eligible to apply for up to 12 weeks of family medical leave in any given 12 month period.

Family Illness Leave

Under the Family Illness Leave Policy, an employee is entitled to up to 52 weeks of leave without pay during a 5-year period to care for the employee's seriously ill child, spouse, or parent.

Military Leave

The Military Leave Policy states that up to a maximum of 120 hours may be granted annually to eligible employees.

Voluntary Shared Leave

State employees may donate leave to another employee who has been approved to receive voluntary shared leave under the Voluntary Shared Leave Policy. Voluntary Shared Leave may be used for a medical condition of the employee or of a member of the employee's immediate family.

Civil Leave

Leave with pay is provided to employees when serving on a jury or when subpoenaed as a witness. However, the Civil Leave Policy does not apply to time taken off work for voting.

Special Leave

Under the Special Leave Policy, a state employee may receive up to 24 hours leave as part of an award for a suggestion to the NCThinks Program.