MEDIA ADVISORY: Today, press conference on paid sick days and expanded family medical leave

A press conference today featuring business owners, lawmakers and workers will provide support for paid leave and family leave in North Carolina

WHAT: Paid Leave & FMLA Press Conference
WHERE: NC General Assembly Press Room
WHEN: April 22, 2015, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

RALEIGH (April 22, 2015) -- Providing employees with paid sick days and expanded family medical leave is good for workers, good for businesses, and good for the state’s economy.

That’s the message lawmakers, business owners and more will send during a press conference today, April 22, at the NC General Assembly press room. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. 

Everyone gets sick or sees a loved one fall ill, but North Carolina’s outdated employment laws don’t allow workers to earn paid sick days or receive legal protections when taking extended family and medical leave to care for sick family members.

That’s why lawmakers have introduced two different legislative packages aimed at correcting these glaring anti-family policies. The Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days Act (HB 270 and SB 339) would allow workers to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 4 days for leave for employees of small businesses and up to 7 days for employees of medium and larger businesses.

The Caregiver Relief Act (HB 269/SB 337) Act expands eligibility for federal Family and Medical Leave Act-protected unpaid family medical leave to include care of siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step parents and parents in law.

“Providing paid sick days and expanded family medical leave is good for workers, good for businesses, and good for the entire economy,” said Allan Freyer, director of the NC Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Project, one of tomorrow’s speakers. “More than a million workers in North Carolina have to choose between their health—or the health of their children—and their job. Too many workers cannot afford to make this choice and it’s past time we fixed these anti-family policies.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Allan Freyer, director of the NC Justice Center's Workers' Rights Project, allan@ncjustice.org, 919.856.2151; Jeff Shaw, director of communications, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615 (cell).

 

unpaid sick leave, or worse, face retaliation from their employers when they do sacrifice their wages to get well or help care for sick loved ones. 

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