North Carolina’s Work-Family Protections Fail to Make the Grade

Today, the the National Partnership for Women & Families released its state-by-state analysis of laws that provide workplace rights for new and expecting parents. A lot has happened since the last time the National Partnership released its previous scorecard in 2005.

Connecticut became the first state to pass a paid sick days law in 2011; New Jersey established a paid family leave insurance program in 2008 (modeled after California’s existing program); Maine expanded job-protected family leave by including domestic or civil union partners in 2007; and nine states provided new rights to nursing mothers at work.

Unfortunately, once again, North Carolina received an “F” for failing to expand upon existing federal rights or protections for new or expecting parents in both the private and public sector. Fortunately, realistic and feasible policies exist that can protect workers, promote healthy families, and save costs. The NC Justice Center has put together a work-family policy agenda for North Carolina, and will release a brief detailing the importance of a state family and medical insurance program this Friday – just in time for Mother’s Day.


  1. Frank Burns

    May 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Absolute nonsense. Another “study” by an advocacy group. This one is called the National Partnership for Women & Families. Why did they leave fathers out of it? How in the world did we ever survive without all of these silly advocacy groups? This study isn’t worth the paper its written on.

  2. Robert Dobbs

    May 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Frank… Your comment isn’t worth the hard-drive space it takes it takes to keep it on this site. How in the world did we ever survive without a public place for you to spew your anger and derision?

    You do know that fathers are part of the family, and would be equally eligible for any benefits and protections, right? Do you not like the idea, or are you just uncomfortable that it was pointed out by a group that happens to have the word ‘women’ in its title?

  3. Frank Burns

    May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Robert, If my comment wasn’t worth much, why did you respond? I would be very curious as to where groups like these get their funds. I hope taxpayers aren’t paying for them. They sprout up like weeds and are as welcome and as useful as weeds. Are studies like this one that gives us an F supposed to make us spend more money so that they will be happy? Working families have been doing just fine for many years here in NC without the “help” of silly advocacy groups like this one.

  4. Sabine Schoenbach

    May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Actually, many working families in North Carolina are struggling. In fact, 34.8 percent of the state’s working families are low-income. The report cited in this post is not a study, it is analyzing the existing laws and noting the fact that North Carolina does not provide job-protected paid leave for parents (mothers and fathers) and other policies that many families need in order to keep their jobs and retain their families’ economic security.

  5. Frank Burns

    May 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Indeed the economy is pathetic. This advocacy organization provides no help for the root problem which are the lack of jobs.

  6. gregflynn

    May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    The National Partnership for Women & Families has been around for 40 years. It didn’t just sprout up.

    If you cared to read the report you’d find that fathers are included. You’d also read that:

    Funding from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation for the National Partnership for Women & Families’ Work and Family Program provided critical resources for this report. The National Partnership thanks the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP for pro bono research assistance that made this report possible.

    And you’d learn that 70% of children live in families where all parents
    work so family leave is a big economic issue.

  7. Christine

    May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Frank, I’m curious how you came across this site – what were you searching for that brought you here, or do you browse for organizations and policy reports? I imagine you must care about this state and the folks that live here. I bet you have more in common than you can imagine with the good folks that work tirelessly for North Carolina’s citizens and economy.

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