ga_logoLosing 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.

Thanks to years of organizing and advocacy by dozens of member organizations of the Georgia JobFamily Collaborative, the Family Care Act was passed by the state legislature, signed into law by Gov. Deal and went into effect in July 2017.

This law allows workers to use sick time they have earned under their employer’s policy for to care for the illness or injury of a family member.

For more information about the new law and our coalition, learn more at our Family Care Act website and the GA JobFamily Collaborative site.