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Deal expected to sign bill allowing Georgia workers to use sick time to care for family

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Georgians will be able to use their accrued sick time at work to care for sick family members if Governor Nathan Deal signs a bill that passed the Georgia legislature during its latest session. 

SB201 will only cover immediate family members, but proponents are claiming a major victory for Georgia workers who have family members facing chronic disease. Five of employees' sick days per year will be allotted for that purpose.

Some employers allow their workers to use sick days in this way. Should the bill be signed, at least in Georgia, it will now be legally required.

According to proponents of the bill, Georgia is leading the way among southeastern states by being the first to sign this type of bill into law.

“Managing a chronic disease is hard,” says Kim Schofield, who heads a women's worker advocacy group.  “You need help but don’t want to be a burden on your family. Before, I carried the guilt that my daughter would lose a day’s pay to care for me. As a member of 9to5 who worked on the Family Care Act, I now have peace of mind knowing that the Family Care Act will help my family when we need it.”

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