New parents at BCCC can now take paid leave to spend time with their newborn child or newly placed adopted or foster child. The new policy was inspired by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 95, which granted eight weeks of paid leave to many state employees, but did not cover the North Carolina Community College System. BCCC was the first community college in the system to adopt a policy of its own.
Executive Order No. 95 hoped to reverse a trend of declining participation by women in the labor pool in North Carolina, promote the physical and mental health of families, and to keep state agencies competitive with private employers at a time when recruiting and retaining employees has become increasing difficult.