Get the facts on Family Leave Insurance

A minority of employers in North Carolina provide paid leave. In the South Atlantic region, only 11 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid leave. Eligible workers can take unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but currently no state legislation guarantees paid leave. 

Many of North Carolina’s workers are also caregivers
Despite the job losses of recent years, today most families are headed by working adults, and many of these workers, women and men, have child-care responsibilities, elder-care responsibilities, or both.

Only some of North Carolina’s workers have access to unpaid family leave
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks to care for a seriously ill family member, to recover from the employee’s own illness, or to care for a new child. However, the scope of the FMLA is limited, and because the leave is unpaid, many workers who are eligible cannot take advantage of it. Without paid family leave, workers face the difficult choice of taking unpaid leave (if they qualify under federal law), quitting their jobs, or returning to work too early.

Family leave insurance supports economic security and makes good business sense.
Family leave insurance can help caregivers to stay in the workforce while fulfilling caregiving responsibilities.

Family leave insurance benefits families and communities.
Communities benefit from the economic stability and health benefits that accompany family leave insurance.

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