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Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order providing paid leave to state employees is a positive step forward

Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order Thursday extending paid parental leave to state employees in cabinet agencies.

The order provides eight weeks of paid parental leave to eligible state employees who have given birth. It also offers four weeks of paid parental leave to eligible state employees whose partners have given birth or anyone who has an adoption, foster care placement or other legal placement of a child.

The move won quick praise from the North Carolina Justice Center*:

RALEIGH (May 23, 2019) – The North Carolina Justice Center commends Governor Roy Cooper for his executive order providing paid leave to state employees when they welcome the birth or adoption of a child. This is an important positive step towards ensuring that state employees can take care of themselves and their families.

Bringing a new child home is one of many situations in which working people need paid time off to focus on their families. Too many working people in our state are forced to choose between their employer and their family during a health crisis.

We look forward to working with Governor Cooper and the General Assembly to further expand workplace policies that support all working families in our state so they can be there for family members when needed most.

 

Learn more about Executive Order 95 here.

(*The NC Justice Center is the parent organization of NC Policy Watch.)

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