Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law House Bill 146
Today, Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law House Bill 146, a measure that provides three weeks of paid time off for Georgia statement government employees after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.
The Georgia Center for Opportunity’s (GCO) take: “Policymakers at the federal and state level should continue seeking ways to help employers and parents find paid parental leave solutions. The policy goals of maintaining employment for parents and strengthening the bond between parents and their children are critically important to the health of our society and create an opportunity for all our citizens to lead flourishing lives,” Buzz Brockway, GCO’s vice president of public policy.
“The challenge is how to pay for parental leave for employees at small and mid-sized businesses. Some might argue that the government should simply mandate businesses offer this benefit. But a government mandate or tax-based solution would disproportionately hurt. It’s important to remember that small businesses are particularly vital to low-income communities. Placing a heavy burden on these businesses may end up doing more harm than good to the very people we seek to help.”