The term “Sandwich Generation” is used to describe a growing group of реорlе who are саrеgіvеrѕ fоr thеіr young children and aging parents. Usually, this applies to people in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s. Any members of this group also have full-time employment, but they may find it necessary to reduce their work hours or leave their jobs altogether to tend to their parents' needs. This can add to the stress by creating financial difficulties. Approximately 15% of the people in this category provide financial support to both a parent and a child. This can quickly drain their resources, especially when employment hours have been reduced. Sharing time between children and aging loved ones may also leave this generation with little or no time for themselves. Members of the sandwich generation may be more likely to become isolated, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, than caregivers who do not have children at home. Since they are providing care for both generation, they have even less time to seek out relationships and other social connections.
Do you have a senior loved one who needs your care and support? Do you have a difficult time to care for your senior loved one? Do you want to know how FMLA can help you when you are giving care to a senior relative? Are you considered ineligible for FMLA to take care of your senior family member? Read further to be clear about Family and Medical Leave Act provisions with regard to caring for senior loved ones.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that has been in place for quite some time, yet not everyone fully understands what qualifies under the act. Here are five things that you should know if you qualify under FMLA regulations, so you better understand how the law can be used to your advantage.
What businesses are required to have FMLA?
FMLA only applies to businesses that meets a certain criteria:
- Private-sector employer, with 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including a joint employer or successor in interest to a covered employer;
- Public agency, including a local, state, or Federal government agency, regardless of the number of employees it employs; or
- Public or private elementary or secondary school, regardless of the number of employees it employs.
Better known as FMLA, the Family and Medical Leave Act was designed to handle the conflict between an employee’s desire to take care of family responsibilities without putting their job in jeopardy. The FMLA set guidelines for employees who have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months, which entitles them to protection under the act.
Family and Medical Leave Act is an important HR-related topic that all employers should fully understand. Over time, many of your employees will have to care for elderly relatives due to poor health and/or advanced age. Caring for an elder requires significant time. As a result, your employees may need a period of leave from time to time in order to care for their loved one’s medical or other needs.