Board Approves Changes to Paid Leave Policies

On Monday, Sept. 18, the Board of Commissioners approved additional paid leaves for full-time, benefit-eligible employees. These leaves will be available to employees on Jan. 1, 2018 and will enhance the county's ability to support a work-life balance for our diverse workforce and their families.

Recognizing the importance of supporting employees as they grieve the loss of a loved one, the board approved the provision of paid bereavement leave. Full-time, benefit-eligible employees will receive 40 hours of bereavement leave on Jan. 1 of each year, and may use this leave throughout the year for the loss of a family member, as defined in the policy.

Wake County also recognizes the immense value of active community engagement, and is committed to supporting employee involvement in civic, educational and not-for-profit activities. To encourage employee participation in these activities, the board approved an increase in the amount of community involvement leave to 16 total hours per calendar year. This leave will be provided to full-time, benefit-eligible employees annually on Jan. 1 and may be used throughout the year for community involvement leave purposes, as outlined in the policy.

The board also approved an adjustment to the county's military training leave policy, which now provides full-time, benefit-eligible employees with 96 hours of military training leave per calendar year.

These leaves are provided to benefit-eligible employees scheduled to work 2,080 hours per year. Benefit-eligible employees with a different set of annual hours will receive leave in direct proportion to their annual scheduled work hours. This change will ensure employees who work more than 2,080 hours per year receive a proportionate amount of leave.

Learn more here about the new leave policies.

In addition to the leave policy changes, the board also approved a revised ordinance that aligns the county's holiday calendar with the State of North Carolina's holiday calendar. Beginning in 2018, Wake County will observe three holidays at Christmas, regardless of when the holiday falls.