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Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingEmployers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Sure You’re Not a Caregiver Now, But …

Posted on 11/12/2012 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingI’ve worked on caregiving issues for AARP for five years now. I started as an erstwhile online producer for AARP.org wanting to bring great family content to the website. (Read: wanted to boost sex and pets content since they get the most clicks, right?) A few months into my tenure here, I was asked to help overhaul the online Caregiving Resource Center. At the time, being a late thirty-something singleton living in Washington,  D.C., I really didn’t know a lot …

Protecting Caregivers from Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingWorking caregivers, have you heard that tone of voice from your workplace manager? You know the one where it sounds like he’s perpetually disappointed in you? You’re not imagining it. It’s real, or so says a new report by AARP. According to our report, a staggering 42 percent of U.S. workers provided unpaid eldercare in the past five years, while 49 percent expect to do so for a family member or friend in the coming five years. The average caregiver is a …

Caregivers: Leave Rights Clearer in New FMLA Guide

Posted on 07/2/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingLast week  the Department of Labor (DOL) released a guide on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that working family caregivers may find invaluable. The step-by-step, easy-to-read resource outlines who is eligible for FMLA, how employees can apply for and take leave and their rights to keep their job when they’re ready to return to work. FMLA allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for, among other reasons, caregiving for loved ones who are ill. …