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Georgia Senate Passes Family Sick Leave Legislation

Mar 17, 2017

Soon, you might be able to use your sick leave days to take care of a family member.

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The Georgia Senate passed SB 201 that would require employers to let workers use their sick days to take care of a child, parent, or any dependent listed on tax returns.

State Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) is sponsoring the bill in the House.

“I think what we’re doing is stating the policy of the state is to welcome companies that will give flexibility to their workers,” Strickland said.

If the company you work for doesn’t offer sick leave, this bill doesn’t do much for you. There is no mandate in Georgia requiring companies to offer sick days to their employees.

“You have to be careful, as the government, on mandates you put on small businesses," Strickland said. "We’re also not going as far as to dictate how you run your business, so I think it’s more of a policy statement than anything."

In the context of this bill, an employee is someone who works at least 30 hours per week and an employer is any individual or company employing 25 or more workers. The bill intentionally leaves out small businesses of fewer than 25 employees to attract more start-ups to Georgia.

The House is scheduled to hear the bill on Monday.