Employees of the Georgia House of Representatives will soon be able to take three weeks of paid family leave when they welcome a new child into their families.
The policy will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and will apply to employees on the occasion of birth, adoption or foster care placement.
“We are committed to a culture of life in Georgia and that includes giving children the best possible start as they are welcomed into their new families,” said Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said in a statement. “This new policy will also be a valuable employee benefit to help us attract and retain the highest caliber staff to serve Georgia’s citizens. Many of Georgia’s top employers offer similar benefits, and we want to remain competitive in today’s job market.”
Employees need to have worked for the House for at least a year to be eligible and can only take the family leave once a year.
The Family Medical Leave Act, a federal law, provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave for employees with new children. Although some states have expanded on this law to require paid leave, Georgia does not require this time off to be paid.
According to a statement from the Georgia Senate, the Senate is also considering changing its policy.
“The Georgia Senate has been vetting its own paid family leave policy, one similar to that which was announced by the House, with a scheduled roll-out planned for January 2020,” the statement reads.