To support healthy families and strengthen our economy, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 95 on May 23, 2019, extending Paid Parental Leave to state employees in Cabinet agencies. Several non-Cabinet agencies have opted in to provide the benefit to their employees as well.

The Paid Parental Leave benefit is triggered for eligible employees by the qualifying event of becoming a parent by birth, adoption, foster care or other legal placement of a child. Eligible state employees who give birth will receive eight weeks of paid leave to recover from the birth and to bond with and care for their newborn. Other eligible state employees will receive four weeks of paid leave to bond with and care for the child. Paid Parental Leave will be paid at 100 percent of the eligible employee’s regular pay.


  • Paid Parental Leave guidelines provide an overview of responsibilities for agencies and eligible state employees regarding the use of Paid Parental Leave. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions address common questions and concerns regarding Paid Parental Leave.
  • Request Form to be submitted by eligible employees to request Paid Parental Leave. 
  • Pilot Program Policy provides an alternate option for paticipating agencies to administer Paid Parental Leave. 

Paid Parental Leave Guidelines, FAQs and Request Form

Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program Policy