North Carolina Sick Leave—Laws That Will Get You Days Off
Paid sick leave is not a universal benefit—about 33 million Americans don’t have it. Federal law doesn’t mandate it, and employees have to rely on state laws, but only a handful of states demand paid leave.
What about the Tar Heel State—is there a North Carolina sick leave law? In this article, we’ll show you what sick day rules NC residents can rely on. We’ll also explain how you can avoid going sick to work by calling in sick effortlessly if you .
North Carolina has no sick leave law on the state level. Employers must respect only federal acts about it and can choose on their own whether they want to offer anything more than what those acts demand. This makes it easier for the employer to force the employers to work sick.
Without a state-wide law, employees in NC can turn to:
- Company policy
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The state law doesn’t require companies to provide paid sick leave. Still, many employers offer it as a benefit to be more appealing to new employees. You should check your contract to see what your company’s sick leave policy is.
Once a policy is in place, the employer has to respect it; otherwise, they’ll breach your contract. If that happens, North Carolina law will protect you and will force the employer to honor the policy.
The federal government introduced the EPSLA to make paid sick leave a temporary requirement. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all employers must allow employees to take paid leave and avoid endangering public health and safety measures.
The act gives employees from ten workdays to ten weeks of paid sick leave, depending on the reason for the leave. Take a look at the following table to find out how the EPSLA works:
|Duration of Leave||Reasons for Leave||Payment Limitation|
||Two-thirds of the salary, up to $2,000|
Federal law has another act for sick leave, but the FMLA offers unpaid leave. During 12 months, you’re entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons:
- Child adoption
- Serious health condition
- Providing care to a family member
- Unable to work due to a family member being on active military duty
Only companies with 50 or more employees are subject to the FMLA.
Getting sick leave can be a daunting task—you need to request it via email or phone. The request must specify several details, such as the duration and reason for leave.
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- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
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