Election 2012 Issue Brief - Family and Medical Leave

Background

No worker should have to risk a paycheck or a job to care for a sick family member or bond with a newborn child. Unfortunately there are thousands of workers who face this pressing challenge every day. Nearly half of North Carolina's private-sector workers, 1.4 million people, lack a single paid sick day. In the South Atlantic region, just over 1 in 10 workers have access to paid family and medical leave.

Nearly one-third of North Carolina households include children under the age of 18, and 90 percent of mothers and 95 percent of fathers in the nation report work-family conflict. Polling data shows that workers need a better balance and that the American public overwhelmingly supports work-family policies. More than three-quarters of registered voters endorse laws to provide paid leave for family care and childbirth, and approximately two-thirds support laws to provide paid sick days and the right to a flexible schedule. 

North Carolina is a state that prides itself on family values. When you work hard, you should be able to care for your family. But without paid sick days and access to real family and medical leave, too many workers struggle to care for their families and build economic security.

 

Questions for Candidates

Most North Carolina families are headed by working adults, and many of these workers have child-care responsibilities, elder-care responsibilities, or both. Currently, no laws guarantee paid time off for short- or long-term illness or to care for loved ones in North Carolina. Do you support paid family leave and paid sick days for North Carolina workers?

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