Published Date: 08/25/2014
By Reneé Watkins
Employers are reminded with the beginning of a new school year that employees who are parents, guardians or are standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child are granted up to four hours of unpaid leave for school activities under North Carolina law. The leave has been interpreted to allow four hours per calendar year rather than school year.
Leave under this section is subject to the following conditions:
- The leave must be scheduled for a time that is mutually agreeable to the employer and the employee.
- The employer may require the employee to make a written request at least 48 hours before the leave begins.
- The employer may require the employee to furnish written verification from the child’s school that the employee attended or was involved in school activities during the time of the leave.
For the purpose of this section, “school” means any: public school; 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 provides a course of grade school instruction; preschool; and child care facility as defined in G.S. 110-86(3).
If you have additional questions about parental leave for school activities, please contact a member of CAI's Advice & Resolution Team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.