TAKE ACTION! Give working dads time to care

It’s Fathers’ Day weekend, and the 2017 long session at the General Assembly will soon wind down. But legislators have some unfinished business to take care of for North Carolina’s working families.

The Caregiver Relief Act (HB 543/SB 463) – which would expand unpaid Family Medical Leave to include folks caring for their grandparents, grandchildren, step-relatives and in-laws – is still languishing without a vote. The House Aging Committee scheduled a hearing for the bill in the spring, but the hearing was later cancelled, and the committee has yet to take up the issue again.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act gives workers up to 90 days of unpaid job-protected leave to take care of sick or aging family members. However, in North Carolina the definition of “family” is too narrow, meaning that people caring for a relative outside of their immediate family can’t use Family Medical Leave to do so. For many who lack paid time off, this means they have to decide whether to continue working or be there for their relatives.

North Carolina’s working dads should never have to choose between caring for their families and keeping their jobs.
All working North Carolinians deserve to be able to take the time they need to care for their fathers-in-law, step-dads, uncles and grandfathers.

TAKE ACTION! Tell the House Aging Committee to support the Caregiver Relief Act!