Board of Governors endorses paid parental leave for UNC workers

By Jackson Lanier

The UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry L. Smith, Jr. and UNC System Interim President Bill Roper address press after Friday’s meeting. (Jackson Lanier/Carolina Connection).

The UNC Board of Governors approved a plan to provide employees with paid parental leave. The plan must be approved by the Office of State Human Resources before it can take effect in 2020.

Interim UNC System President Bill Roper said many UNC employees are “women or men who have family needs, and we need to make sure they’re able to take care of those family needs in the course of their work life.”

The UNC system is the latest state institution to adopt paid parental leave.

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