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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
December 22, 2023

What if I have to miss work to get a DVPO?

If you have to miss work for a reasonable time to file and attend hearings for a DVPO, your employer may not fire you, give you a lower position or rank (“demote” you), deny you a promotion, or discipline you as an employee.

You must follow your employer’s usual time-off policy, including advance notice to the employer if that is generally required, unless an emergency prevents you from doing so.

Your employer may require documentation of an emergency that prevented you from following your employer’s policy regarding giving advance notice. S/he may also ask for any other information or documentation available to you which supports your reason for being absent.1  For more information, see our NC Workplace Protections page.

1 NCGS § 50B-5.5