Education Support Leave Now Available

All full-time, non-temporary employees who work at least 40 hours per week will have a new type of leave available for use.  House Bill 313, effective July 1, 2015,  was signed into law this year and will provide eligible employees with up to eight (8) paid hours of Education Support Leave per calendar year. Eligible employees will be able to request to use the Education Support Leave to participate in activities related to student achievement and academic support that promote education in Georgia.  This leave will be available to all eligible employees, both parents of students and non-parents, and may be considered for activities supporting public, private, and home school achievement. Activities that promote education in Georgia may include, but are not limited to, some of the following:

  • Attend Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Participate in classroom activities, such as reading to a class or presenting on career day
  • Tutor students without receiving compensation
  • Proctor examinations
  • Attend award and recognition ceremonies or graduation exercises
  • Participate in field day activities or field trips
  • Attend open house functions

State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.16, Absence from Work, has been revised to include guidance on this type of leave and may be viewed on the Department of Administrative Services’ website.  Eligible employees should contact their direct supervisor or their Human Resources office for guidance on requesting and using this type of leave. Through the Education Support Leave program, eligible employees have the opportunity to support education at all levels, from pre-K/early care and learning all the way through higher education.  Employees may wish to contact their local school systems, private schools, day care facilities, technical colleges, and/or universities to inquire about opportunities to support education initiatives in their communities and any background check or other criteria they would need to meet before participating in volunteer activities.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety Joins Marine Corps Reserve for Toys For Tots 2015

GA DPS Toys for Tots 1Spread holiday cheer this season by helping the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Marine Corps Reserve collect toys for needy children!

Collection boxes are being placed at Department of Public Safety locations throughout the state.  Donated toys should be new and unwrapped, and may be dropped off at Georgia State Patrol posts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.  Additional collection sites are in the lobby at the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters on East Confederate Avenue in Atlanta and the Capitol Police Services office at: 180 Central Avenue near the Georgia State Capitol.

Donations will stay in the county in which the donation was received, allowing donations to benefit children in the local community.

Thank you for helping to make the holiday season bright for kids in need!

ERS Fall 2015 Employer Newsletter

EmployerNewsletterFall2015pdf (1)-1The Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia Fall 2015 Employer Newsletter featured topics include:

  • Forfeited Leave – see how ERSGA has streamlined the process that allows qualifying ERS members to convert forfeited leave and unused sick leave to pension service at the time of retirement.
  • GASB 67 & 68 Updates – get the latest on accounting and actuarial reporting cycles and the schedule for compliance seminars
  • Rehired Retirees – reporting independent contractors’ hours to the Plan
  • WRAP – ERSGA Workshops for Retirement Application Processing (WRAP) offers complimentary sessions on maximizing social security income
  • Other Topics- Peach State Reserves integrated pension and 401(k) and 457 plan statements, outstanding employer invoices update, refund applications for terminated members, and an upcoming Peach State Reserves change

For more information about the Employee’s Retirement System of Georgia, visit their website at