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Georgia Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Georgia does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, the Georgia Fair Employment Practices (FEP) Act covers public employers with 15 or more employees and requires that the same leave benefits be provided to women disabled by pregnancy as are provided to other employees with temporary disabilities (GA Stat. Sec. 45-19-20et seq.).This means that public employers can provide leave for employees with temporary disabilities, including pregnancy disability, with or without pay, or not provide it at all, as long as all employees are treated the same in their requests for temporary disability leave.
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The state FEP Act does not cover private employers, but they may have obligations under federal law.
All employers are encouraged to provide reasonable unpaid break time and a private location, other than a toilet stall, to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.
Some states have laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, but Georgia does not have such a law for private employers. However, most Georgia employers with 50 or more employees may have leave obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Private employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide paid leave or not, at their own discretion. There are details on the FMLA.
State employees. Any full-time state employee with at least one year of service is entitled to 12 weeks of family leave in any 12-month period (GA ...

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