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North Carolina Adds Protection Against Discrimination and Retaliation for Employment Absences for Members of the Civil Air Patrol
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The North Carolina legislature added nondiscrimination and nonretaliation protections for employees who serve in the North Carolina Wing – Civil Air Patrol. Effective December 1, 2023, it is unlawful for any employer to discriminate or retaliate against any employee who is a member of the NC Wing Civil Air Patrol based on membership status or an authorized absence required to perform duties.

There are specific criteria defining an authorized absence. An absence is authorized if: (1) the employee is required to perform duties for a State approved mission or US Air Force authorized mission, (2) the absence is no longer than seven consecutive scheduled working days for the employee, and (3) the total absences do not exceed fourteen scheduled working days in one calendar year. Unless an employee chooses to use paid leave which is otherwise available, an employer is not required to pay the employee during the leave. An employer can require that an employee requesting time off submit the employee’s mission order.

This new North Carolina law serves as a reminder to employers of the ever-evolving state and local leave laws around the country. 

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