By Louisa Warren
Policy Advocate, NC Justice Center
- There are more than 1.2 million caregivers in North Carolina, and the majority of them are struggling to balance work and family‐care responsibilities. Nearly half, or 1.3 million, of North Carolina’s private‐sector employees lack access to paid sick time to deal with routine sickness.
- The state’s workplace laws have not kept pace with the changes in the composition of the labor force and the growing demands on caregivers, leading to a mismatch between the workplace and the workforce.
- North Carolina policymakers can update the state’s workplace laws by enacting a minimum paid‐sick‐days standard and expanding access to paid family and medical leave.