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Balancing Caregiving and Work

Millions struggle to perform — and keep — jobs while caring for relatives

An estimated 42 percent of working Americans say they've provided care for an older family member within the past five years. Some of the lucky ones can benefit from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

See also: How to juggle work and caregiving.

But that only covers 55 percent of employees, and even then, coverage applies only when caring for a spouse, young child or parent. Other caregivers take care of family members while maintaining full-time work, and many lose or leave those jobs as a result. Though "family-responsibilities discrimination" lawsuits are increasing, adult caregivers currently have little legal recourse.

In this segment, "Work + Caregiving = Stress," Inside E Street explores a growing predicament as the U.S. population ages.

Joan Williams, director, Center for Work Life Law
Elizabeth Kristen, attorney, Legal Aid Society
Ellen Bravo, executive director of the Family Values at Work Coalition
Ellen Galinksy, president of Families and Work Institute
Wendy Breiterman, director of global work/life strategies at Johnson & Johnson

For more information:
WorkLife Law
Family Caregiver Alliance

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