is the belief of the General Assembly that parent involvement is
an essential component of school success and positive student outcomes.
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:
- The leave
shall be at a mutually agreed upon time between the employer
and the employee.
- The employer
may require an employee to provide the employer with a
written request for the leave at least 48 hours before the time
desired for the
employer may require that the employee furnish written verification
child's school that the employee attended was otherwise
involved at that school during the time of the leave.
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
course of grade
school instruction, (iii) preschool, and (iv) child
as defined in G.S. 110-86(3).
shall not discharge, demote, or otherwise take an adverse employment
action against an employee who requests or takes leave under
this section. Nothing
section shall require an employer to pay
an employee for leave taken under this section.
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:
- Any wages
or benefits lost as a result of the violation; or
- An order of reinstatement without loss of position, seniority,
wages, or benefits.
The burden of proof
shall be upon the employee. (1993, c.509, s. 1; 1997-506, s. 34.)
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.
Web site: www.ncbar.org/public/lrs/index.aspx.
If you cannot afford any attorney, you may be eligible for free
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. Web site: http://www.legalaidnc.org
on other labor laws, please visit the North Carolina Department of Labor's
Carolina Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Bureau
1101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1101
919-807-2796 or (toll-free NC only) 1-800-NC-LABOR
Web site: http://www.nclabor.com