Norfolk Southern has become the third major freight railroad to offer some of its employees paid sick time. It announced a deal Wednesday with one of its unions in response to workers' quality-of life complaints that arose during contract negotiations.
In Georgia, time off for certain emergencies and maternity leave is protected, but a paycheck is not.
Coastal and politically progressive states have passed stronger paid sick and family leave policies than many states with larger rural populations.
A new report from the Georgia Coalition for Paid Leave says the unpaid 12 weeks of leave available under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act does not cover about 60% of Georgia's workers, and polling shows bipartisan support among state policymakers for paid leave beyond the three weeks currently available only to state workers.
The Georgia Family Insurance Act would create a family and medical leave insurance fund that is jointly contributed to by both employers and employees, rather than putting the burden on employers alone.
About a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the large number of workers affected, no national laws protect them when they need time off to deal with the loss.
As Democrats keep working towards a scaled-back spending bill, the Duchess of Sussex urged them not to "compromise or negotiate" over a national paid family leave program.
A study out Monday found that Hispanic and nonwhite workers made up 73% of cases associated with workplace outbreaks in certain industries, despite representing 24% of the workforce in those sectors.