Expand paid parental leave for state and university employees, as well as public school teachers
In 2021, a bill that provides three weeks of paid parental leave to state and K-12 public school employees, overwhelmingly passed the Georgia legislature and was enacted into law.
Although a great first step, there are several opportunities to improve this policy to better support government employees. This includes increasing the number of weeks offered and providing funding to support local school districts’ implementation of the policy, as several other states (e.g., Tennessee) have done.
Adequate paid parental leave is essential to allow families to welcome a new child into their home–and four in five Georgia voters support paid parental leave.