NC House Committee Advances Bill to Provide Employment Protections for Civil Air Patrol Members
The N.C. House Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs gave unanimous approval to HB 1001, the Uniformed Civil Service Act, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
The legislation provides employment protections for members of the N.C. Civil Air Patrol, which is a volunteer organization that serves as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
Specifically, HB 1001, prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees for absences while volunteering on authorized missions with the Civil Air Patrol. Currently, only state employees have these protections. Under the bill, total absences in a calendar year cannot exceed 14 days and no more than 7 consecutive days.
“North Carolina is truly blessed to have such an outstanding Civil Air Patrol,” said Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) who is the primary bill sponsor. “I am proud to see this legislation moving so these volunteers will have protections to help serve our state in times of great need.”
The N.C. Civil Air Patrol consists of over 2,000 volunteers that assist in emergency management services and response efforts, including search-and-rescues, ground-and-air communications, and supply transportation and distribution.
In 2021, the Civil Air Patrol helped save three lives in North Carolina during search-and-rescue missions.
Wing Commander Col. Edward P. Angelvoich thanked lawmakers during the committee meeting for their support. Currently, half of the states offer similar employment protections.
The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee for further review.