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Extra Leave Approved for Hurricane-Affected Employees

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Over the weekend of Oct. 8-9, Hurricane Matthew barreled up the North Carolina coast, dumping more than a foot of rain on some locations before heading back out to sea. The eastern part of the state had massive flooding as one river after another overflowed its banks and continued to rise for days afterward. Since then, 26 deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, and hurricane-related flooding has caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to homes in the state.

On Oct. 19, the Office of State Human Resources authorized the University of North Carolina system to offer up to 80 hours of “Other Management Approved Leave” to employees who have spent or need to spend time off handling damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Employees who qualify for this paid leave can use it to cover time spent to handle substantial damage to, or a total loss of, their principal place of residence as a direct result of Hurricane Matthew and its impact since Oct. 8. Please note that situations such as power outages are not considered substantial damage.

To receive this leave, employees must apply for it by using a special online form from NC State’s Human Resources Benefits Office. The deadline to submit the form to the HR Benefits Office is Dec. 31.

For questions about this policy, contact the HR Benefits/Leave Administration team at 919-515-2151 (press 2) or

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