|Update Applicable to:
|All employers regardless of size.
|December 1, 2023
On October 10, 2023, the General Assembly of North Carolina overrode a Veto Placed by the Governor Roy Cooper and approved the engrossed House Bill 600, which in its provisions it includes the Leave and Discrimination protections for the North Carolina Air Patrol Service.
What are the details?
Employers of all sizes must grant employees up to 14 days of unpaid leave per year to perform duties as members of the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. An absence is covered if it is necessary to perform certain duties related to a state-approved or U.S. Air Force-approved mission.
Employers do not have to allow employees to take more than seven consecutive workdays of leave (even though they must allow up to 14 total workdays of leave per year) and can require that employees provide a copy of their mission order to prove their need for leave. Employees must be allowed to use their accrued paid leave during their absence if that is their preference.
Finally, employers cannot discriminate or take any adverse employment action against employees because of their membership in the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
Due to the nature of the bill, it has been challenged in several provisions but not on the one regarding Civil Air Patrol leave.
- Create, add, and update a Civil Air Patrol Leave policy.
- Update your Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies to include North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol membership.
- Consider a communication plan and training for your key personnel to ensure the application of these new protections and that you are providing appropriate time off.
- Consider consulting a labor attorney if necessary.
- For a general overview of the new law and other topics of interest, consider consulting KTS article here.
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