How can I take time off work to care for my family member/friend?

En español | Some companies have programs to connect you with community services, counseling, respite care, legal and financial assistance, and caregiver support groups. Others have begun offering leave for caregiving and flexible work arrangements.

Learn about company policies. Talk to your human resources department, or read your employee handbook to find out about any benefits your company may offer, such as an employee assistance program.

Know your rights. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, eligible workers are entitled to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for family caregiving, without the loss of job security or health benefits.

Talk to your manager. Be upfront about your role as a caregiver, and spell out the concrete changes to your schedule you’d like to accommodate your responsibilities.

Inquire about flextime. Even if no formal policies exist, ask if you can work from home a day or two a week or inquire about a job-sharing or part-time arrangement.

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