It is the belief of the General Assembly that parent involvement is an essential component of school success and positive student outcomes. Therefore, employers shall grant four hours per year leave to any employee who is a parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child so that the employee may attend or otherwise be involved at that child’s school. However, any leave under this section is subject to the following conditions:
For the purpose of this section, “school” means any (i) public school, (ii) private church school, church of religious charter, or nonpublic school described in Parts 1 and 2 of Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes that regularly provides a course of grade school instruction, (iii) preschool, and (iv) child care facility as defined in G.S. 110-86(3).
An employee who is demoted or discharged or who has had an adverse employment action taken against him or her in violation of this section may bring a civil action within one year from the date of the alleged violation against the employer who violates this section and obtain either of the following:
The North Carolina Department of Labor does not administer this law. If you have questions concerning this law, you will have to consult with a private attorney. If you do not have an attorney or know of one to contact, you can call the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-662-7660. Website: http://www.ncbar.org/public-pro-bono/lawyer-referral-service. If you cannot afford any attorney, you may be eligible for free legal advice through a Legal Aid Services office in your area. Contac their Central Office in Raleigh at (919) 856-2564 for information on local offices throughout the state. Website: http://www.legalaidnc.org
For questions on other labor laws, please visit the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Website:http://www.nclabor.com
North Carolina Department of Labor
Published by Laurie Pender on March 7, 2017