AN ACT TO PROVIDE PAID PARENTAL LEAVE TO STATE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER STATE-SUPPORTED PERSONNEL.
Enacts new GS 126-8.6 requiring the State Human Resources Commission (Commission) to adopt rules and policies to allow a permanent, full-time State employee to take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave in addition to any other available leave. Also requires the adoption of rules and policies allowing a permanent, part-time State employee to take a prorated amount of up to four weeks of paid parental leave in addition to any other available leave. For both classifications of employees, requires the employee to have been continuously employed by the State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first request for paid parental leave. Requires the leave to be provided for both the birth of a child and to care for the newborn, or for the placement and adopting of a child and time for bonding. Prohibits the leave from being used for retirement purposes and specifies that the leave has no cash value upon termination of employment. This statute applies to all (1) State employees and (2) State-supported personnel, with the appropriate governing board adopting necessary rules and policies. Requires the Commission, State Board of Education, State Board of Community Colleges, and all State agencies, departments, and institutions to report annually, beginning April 1, 2020, to the Office of State Human Resources on the paid parental leave program.
Makes conforming changes to GS 126-5.
Appropriates $10 million in recurring funds in 2019-20 and $10 million in recurring funds in 2020-21 from the General Fund to a Reserve for Compensation to fund the paid parental leave. Effective July 1, 2019.
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