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Voluntary Shared Leave

Vacation Leave

At least 112 hours (14 days) of vacation leave is provided yearly to permanent, probationary, trainee and provisional employees.  As length of service increases, the amount of leave earned increases. (Leave is prorated for part-time employees.) Vacation Leave Policy

View Vacation Leave Earnings Table

Years of Total State Service Hours Granted Each Month Hours Granted Each Year Days Granted Each Year
Less than 5 years 9 hrs. 20 mins. 112 14
5 but less than 10 years 11 hrs. 20 mins 136 17
10 but less than 15 years 13 hrs. 20 mins. 160 20
15 but less than 20 years 15 hrs. 20 mins. 184 23
20 years or more 17 hrs. 20 mins. 208 26

Sick Leave

96 Hours (12 days yearly) of sick leave is provided to permanent, probationary, and trainee employees. (Leave is prorated for part-time employees.) Sick Leave Policy


State employees receive 12 paid holidays annually. They are set by the State Personnel Commission.  (Employees receive Holiday Premium Pay and equal time off for holiday work.)
Holiday Schedule

Community Service Leave

In recognition of the State’s diverse needs for volunteers to support schools, communities, citizens and non-profit organizations, and recognizing the commitment of State employees to engage in volunteer service, Community Service Leave, within the parameters outlined below, may be granted to:

  • parents for child involvement in the schools (as defined below)
  • any employee for volunteer activity in the schools or in a Community Service Organization (as defined below), or
  • any employee for tutoring and mentoring in the schools, or
  • any employee for volunteering in a State of North Carolina Public University, Community College System or State agency provided that the service is outside of the employee’s normal scope of duties and responsibilities and that the employee is not receiving any form of compensation for the services rendered.

To encourage State employees to be engaged in their community, OSHR teamed up with the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign to create a volunteer database. Employees can search the list for volunteering opportunities that fits their interest and get involved with charity organizations that appeal to them.
In addition, there are special guidelines outlined at the end of this policy for Emergency Services, Blood and Bone Marrow Donorship and Disaster Service Volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Community Service Leave Program Policy df format

Volunteer Database excel format

Family Medical Leave

Permanent employees with at least one year of current service (permanent or temporary) who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more each week (half time) are eligible to apply for up to 12 weeks of family medical leave in any given 12 month period.
FMLA Policy

Family Illness Leave

An employee is entitled to up to 52 weeks of leave without pay during a 5-year period to care for the employee's seriously ill child, spouse, or parent.  Family Illness Leave Policy

Military Leave

Up to a maximum of 120 hours may be granted annually to eligible employees. Military Leave Policy

Voluntary Shared Leave

State employees may donate leave to another employee who has been approved to receive voluntary shared leave. Voluntary Shared Leave may be used for a medical condition of the employee or of a member of the employee's immediate family.
Voluntary Shared Leave Policy

Civil Leave

Leave with pay is provided to employees when serving on a jury or when subpoenaed as a witness. Civil leave cannot be used for voting. Civil Leave Policy

Special Leave

A state employee may receive up to 24 hours leave as part of an award for a suggestion to the NCThinks Program. Special Leave Policy