A Win for Families! Family Care Act Signed!

May 8, 2017, ATLANTA, GA- Today, Governor Deal signed the Family Care Act into law. He was surrounded by family members and advocates from more than a dozen organizations that have worked for five years to win passage of this bill.  The law allows an estimated 800,000 Georgians to use their own accrued sick time to care for family members without risking pay or employment.  Millions of Georgia’s seniors and adults with disabilities, as well children in all working families, rely on employed caregivers to accompany them to medical appointments and provide care when they are ill.
              The Family Care Act, will allow workers to use up to five accrued sick days to care for immediate family members. Workers who currently have access to paid sick days at companies with 25 or more employees will be able use those days for the illness or injury of a child, spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or other legal dependent.
            The Family Care Act was a multi-year effort of the Georgia JobFamily Collaborative, a broad and diverse coalition of faith communities, small businesses, parents, health professionals, and groups that advocate for women, domestic violence survivors, children, seniors and the disabled.