Family care act allows workers to use sick leave for family members

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 7:23 PM EDT
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Monday, May 8, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that will allow workers use their own sick leave to take care of their immediate family.

The family care act applies to any employer in Georgia who offers sick days and has more than 25 employees. Workers can use up to five sick days for an immediate family member without a consequence.

According to the Georgia Job/Family Collaborative, 23% of workers have lost a job to treat a personal or family member's illness. In Georgia, more than 800,000 people do not have jobs that offer sick days.

Quan Williams say this is helpful for parents across the state.

"No one should have to choose between their kids and their job. You have to take care of your kids so you need your job, and it's a terrible thing to have to choose between" said Williams.

She says some employers overlook people with small children or children with disabilities.

"Everything would go fine interviews. I would get the job, and then at the end, I would say I need to let you all know that I have a disabled child, and then everything would just stop and shift" said Williams.

The law will go into effect July 1st.

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