Leading Moms Group Commends Wake County Commissioners for Expanding County’s Paid Leave Program
“In a meaningful and important move that will make Wake County stronger, healthier, and more successful, on Monday, December 2nd, the County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to provide up to three weeks of paid family medical leave to county employees who need paid time off to care for a seriously ill family member. This policy expands Wake County’s successful paid parental leave policy and is a significant step forward for the County and its communities.
“The discussion about adopting this policy was robust and several Commissioners shared personal stories about their own need for paid leave to care for loved ones or recover from illness or injury themselves. Commissioners remarked that the policy offers dignity not only for those who need care, but also for those who are providing it. Others called the policy ‘humane.’ It also will improve public health, boost moms and all family caregivers, and make county workplaces more equitable.
“We are especially pleased that Wake County leaders are using a broad definition of ‘family’ – to include spouses, parents, guardians, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, and half, step, and adopted relationships. That reflects the realities of families in our communities today.
“MomsRising is especially thankful for the leadership of Chairwoman Jessica Holmes, the Wake County Board of Commissioners, and MomsRising members and partners who strongly supported this advance. In particular, we thank the North Carolina Justice Center, NC Families Care Coalition, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and AARP.
“North Carolina families and our country urgently need a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program that allows all workers to care for their families without risking their jobs or financial security. Now before Congress, the FAMILY (Family And Medical Insurance Leave) Act would cover all workers, address the range of caregiving needs families face, and be affordable for taxpayers and businesses alike. Until we get a federal policy in place, we look to state and local jurisdictions to take action, as Wake County leaders wisely did this week.”