NC State Government is fully committed to its employees’ obligations to their families. Changes in the labor force have led to the development of policies and programs that support work and family, more so than ever, a critical element to ensure the success of employees and their employers. For instance, as the number of women and mothers that participate in the labor force increases, so too have the pressures on an employees’ family. Dual-income families are now more prevalent than single income earners. Also, as the labor force continues to increase in age, so does the pressures on employees as they work to balancing career demands, children, and the needs of aging parents. Managing the day-to-day realities of these pressures can negatively impact work. For this reason, it is important for employers to help both men and women succeed at work and at home. The State of North Carolina offers a variety of programs to ensure that the employee and family members have an opportunity to participate in services for a balanced life.
Family Illness Policy
The State of North Carolina recognizes the importance of a healthy family. With that in mind, Family Illness Leave is provided for an employee to care for the employee’s child, parent, or spouse where that child, spouse, or parent has a serious health condition. It is not provided for the employee’s illness.
Family Illness Leave is an extension of the benefits provided under the Family and Medical Leave Policy. In order to differentiate it from the 12 weeks provided under the Family and Medical Leave Policy, it is being called Family Illness Leave.
An employee may choose whether to use Family Illness Leave or Family and Medical Leave.
Family and Medical Leave Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed by Congress to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families, and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity; to minimize the potential for employment discrimination on the basis of sex by ensuring generally that leave is available for eligible medical reasons (including maternity-related disability) and for compelling family reasons; and to promote the goal of equal employment opportunity for women and men.
This Act provides reasonable unpaid:
- Family and medical leave for the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child; for the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serous health condition; for the employee’s own serious health condition;
- Qualifying Exigency Leave for families of covered members and
- Military Caregiver Leave (also known as Covered Servicemember Leave).