State Laws Regarding Time Off from Work for Parents to Attend School Activities
(As of April 1, 2008)
Did you know that as employees we have an option to request time off of our work schedule to attend functions at our childrens schools. This was a State Law as of April 2008, but it has not been used much as a resource to get valid time off. Weather it’s because it’s been forgotten or ignored, this is an avenue we can use- if necessary, to support our children. Generally when we take time off to support our children we leave work and incur attendance points, this has no points.
School activities are not always written in stone and they, for the most part, are not all published or made known at the beginning of the school year.
Each state has its own regulation, below is what is required from North Carolina…
Employees who are parents, guardians, or standing in the place of a parent are entitled to four (4) hours of leave per year to attend or otherwise be involved at a child’s school.
Employers are prohibited from discharging, demoting, or otherwise taking an adverse employment action against employees for requesting or taking such leave; but leave need not be paid.
The employer and employee must mutually agree upon the time for the leave.
Employers may require a written request at least 48 hours in advance and written verification from the school that the employee attended or was otherwise involved at the school during the leave
To use this resource you must
request the time off thru your TM in advance, 3-4 days and let them know what the time is needed for; my childs school play or my childs field trip
you have to bring back documentation, i.e., a program from the play or the field trip info
the time is unpaid
due to business needs, there is the possibility you request could be denied.
If you would like to go to the site to take another look, go to http://www.lrgllc.com/rpubs/19.pdf where all of the states requirements are listed.