AN ACT AMENDING THE WAGE AND HOUR ACT TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO USE SICK LEAVE FOR THE CARE OF FAMILY MEMBERS.
Enacts new GS 95-25.12A to require any employer providing job protected sick leave for employees to allow an employee to use, in any calendar year, their employee's accrued and available sick leave (as defined) entitlement to attend to the care of a family member (as defined) for no more than five consecutive days, subject to the same restrictions placed on the use of employee sick leave. Specifies that this does not extend the maximum period of leave to which an employee is entitled under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Exempts from the statute (1) any benefit provided under an employee welfare benefits plan subject to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or (2) any insurance benefit, workers compensation benefits, unemployment compensation disability benefit, or other benefit not payable from the employer's general assets.
Amends GS 95-241 to prohibit taking retaliatory action against an employee for filing a claim, inquiry, or any other action with respect to new GS 95-25.1A.
Effective October 1, 2019.
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