NC JUSTICE CENTER BRIEF: Family and Medical Leave Insurance - A Crucial Investment in North Carolina's Families and Economy

By Sabine Schoenbach
Policy Analyst
May 2012

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Most of North Carolina's caregivers are engaging in both care work and paid work, yet current workplace policies do not recognize these dual responsibilities.
  • Although the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid leave to eligible employees, eligibility rules keep the FMLA out reach for many workers. Even for workers who are eligible, the lack of paid leave can keep leave time inaccessible.
  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance programs have been implemented in other states to fill the need for paid leave, and have been shown to create benefits for workers, businesses, and the economy.
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