House Bill Would Give Employees Time For Kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia employees would be able to take up to 24 hours off from work a year to attend a meeting with a child's teacher or take an elderly parent to the doctor under new House legislation being filed this week.

The bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. Roger Bruce and Carol Fullerton, aims to prevent employers from firing workers who need time to care for immediate family members. Under the proposal,
employers would not be required to pay workers during their absence
and employees could have to provide 48 hours' notice and written
verification of appointments.

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams says the bill promotes parent participation and strengthens families. Bruce says the idea for the legislation came from a 10-year-old Atlanta elementary school student.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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