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December 02
​Wake County Commissioners Adopt Paid Family Illness Leave

During its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 2, the Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new Paid Family Illness Leave benefit. It will provide paid time off work to employees caring for a seriously ill family member.

"Paid family leave has been shown to increase employee morale, productivity and retention, as well as improve the health of our families and communities," said Board of Commissioners Chair Jessica Holmes. "Our action today demonstrates the county’s continued commitment to the health and well-being of our employees and their loved ones, and is a proactive example of how we want employers to treat their employees."

The new Paid Family Illness Leave benefit provides benefits-eligible employees with up to three weeks of paid leave to care for a family member recovering from or receiving treatment for a serious health condition.

The new leave type is the latest example of the board’s ongoing efforts to support employee wellness, promote a work-life balance, and enhance the county’s ability to recruit and retain top-notch talent. It follows actions taken in 2016 to enact a Paid Parental Leave Policy and formalize efforts to create a culture of health in Wake County.

Wake County is recognized locally and nationally for excellence in employee health and wellness. It ranked No. 2 in the 2018 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America and was recognized for its Living Great @ Wake program, which helps employees improve their physical, emotional, financial and social wellness.


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