Study Shows More Support for Working Family Caregivers

Denise

Study Shows More Support for Working Family Caregivers

Denise
building-226812_640The ongoing National Study of Employers—a study of employers with 50 or more employees conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—was released today. The study compares workplace trends between 2008 and 2014.

According to the study, 75% of employers say that they provide paid or unpaid time off for employees to provide elder care without jeopardizing their jobs. Overall, 43% of surveyed employers provide employees with information about elder care services or Elder Care Resource and Referral, and 41% offer DCAPs (Dependent Care Assistant Plans) for elder care. However, only 7% offer access to respite care so the family caregiver can take a break.

I'm curious about your experiences. We know that how well an employer implements a policy often depends on the employee's manager. We also know that some have lost jobs because of their caregiving responsibilities. Please share your experiences about taking time off because of your caregiving experiences in our comments section, below.

(Download the National Study for Employers for free at Families and Work Institute.)

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Larry

I lost my primary job in Late February 2012 because of time I had to take off for caring for mom and that was before she went on dialysis. The company is to small for qualifying under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Though in policy they had many of the same rights but they said it was not working. I was still working 40+ hours per week and keeping up on my work but could not always be in the office at the hours they would want.