Some states have laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Georgia does not have such a law for private employers. However, most Georgia employers with 50 or more employees will be covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There are additional details on FMLA leave requirements.
Georgia sets specific requirements for the use of sick leave and maternity leave by public school teachers and other school personnel. For purposes of the statute, the term “personnel” includes each person employed in the public school system in the capacity of student services support personnel or administrative and supervisory personnel.
Sick leave. May be taken for illness or injury, or for illness or death in the immediate family (the term “immediate family” is not defined). Sick leave may be accumulated at a rate of 1 1/4 days per month, up to a maximum of 45 days. During any school year, personnel may use up to 3 days of accumulated sick leave for personal or professional reasons if prior approval of the absence is given by the superintendent. The specific purpose of the personal day may not be a condition of the approval, but the employee may be requested to state whether the absence is personal or professional.
Maternity leave. May be taken by female employees for pregnancy. Employees who wish to take maternity leave must notify the superintendent in writing 60 days in advance. Employees returning to work after maternity leave must present a doctor's statement of physical ability to perform work. Employees ...