05.18.2017 | Articles / Publications
Burr Alert: New Georgia Sick Leave Law Requires Employers to Allow Employees to Use Sick Leave to Care for Family Members
The Georgia state legislature passed, and on May 8th Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed, the Family Care Act. The act requires employers who already offer their employees paid sick leave, to use that paid sick leave to not only take care of themselves, but to also take care of immediate family members. Interestingly, the act specifically states that it does not create a new cause of action for employees. In addition, the act contains several other notable limitations.
First, the act does not require employers to offer paid sick leave. Instead, the act states that if an employer chooses to provide paid sick leave, than employees must be able to use that paid sick leave to take care of immediate family members.
Second, the act specifically provides that an employee must follow the terms of the employer’s sick leave policy, even when using that leave to care for an immediate family member. This means that an employee must still, for example, comply with employer requirements for earning leave as well as scheduling an appropriate time to use that leave.