Losing a day’s wages, or worse, a job, for keeping a sick child home from school or bringing an aging parent to the doctor undermines families’ ability cover the basics like groceries and rent—spending that keep local businesses and the economy moving. In Georgia, an estimated 878,000 people do not have access to family care days, to care for a loved one in need, forcing them to make the impossible choice between taking care of a sick loved one and keeping food on the table. That’s why we need the Family Care Act (HB 290), which would enable people to use their earned sick time to care for loved ones.
The Georgia Job/Family Collaborative is made up of more than 50 local and statewide organizations, including health advocacy, faith-based, seniors, labor, and community groups. Founded in 2000 to expand access to family leave, the Collaborative has successfully won improved access to unemployment insurance for women and low-wage workers. Our goal is to build support for public policies that strengthen communities by ensuring that working families can balance their responsibilities at home and on the job. Learn more >>