A Change and a Reminder to Employers Regarding Georgia Leave Laws

Miller & Martin PLLC Alerts | August 21, 2020

Author: Stacie Caraway

We are blessed in that Georgia is not a very complicated state when it comes to leave laws for private employers.

The Georgia General Assembly did make two changes regarding these laws in its last session of which employers need to be aware, however.

  1. Regarding Georgia’s nursing/milk expression break leave law, it has been amended to provide that as of August 5, 2020 these breaks must be paid.
  2. Georgia’s Paid Sick Leave Act also was extended (it was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2020 if not extended by the Assembly, which it was, now until July 1, 2023). By way of reminder, this law does not provide any new leave for employees. It merely provides that Georgia employers who have more than 25 employees and who already provide paid sick leave must allow employees to use up to five days of it to care for the following ill family members -- spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, grandparents, and “anyone else shown as a dependent on the employee’s most recent tax return.”

Just a quick update as you hopefully are preparing for another fun COVID-free weekend!

As always, should you have any further questions regarding this update or any other labor and employment law matters, please feel free to contact Jimmy Daniel, Stacie Caraway, or any other member of our Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.

Happy Friday!