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Legally Required Benefits: Georgia

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: C. R. Wright, Fisher Phillips


  • Georgia's unemployment compensation law provides temporary income replacement to employees who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Most employers are covered by the law. See Unemployment Compensation; Covered Employers.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Certain requirements must be met in order for individuals to be eligible for employment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Georgia unemployment compensation law requires employers to issue a separation notice when an employee terminates. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must keep certain records for at least four years. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Employers are required to post a notice for employees. See Posting Requirement.