Effective July 1, 2017, Georgia will implement new Kin Care as part of Paid Sick Leave. Georgia employers with at least 25 employees, that already provide paid sick leave, must allow full time equivalent employees (working at least 30 hours a week) to use up to five days of their accrued sick time to take care of an immediate family member.
This legislation only applies to employers who already provide paid sick leave -- it does not require that employers change policies and provide paid sick leave if they did not do so before.
“Immediate family members” would include an employee’s child, spouse, grandchild, grandparent, parent, or anyone the employee claimed as a dependent on their last income tax return.
Employees will be required to follow the employer’s normal paid sick leave policies regarding requesting time off, etc., in order to qualify for the Kin Care benefits. The new law is set for automatic repeal on July 1, 2020, unless extended by the Georgia State Legislature.