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AARP Oregon Caregiving in the Workplace Survey

With more employees finding themselves becoming caregivers, this mail survey of Oregon businesses was undertaken to assess what resources are available to employees caring for a family member and how employers are responding to this situation.

Of the 572 companies responding...

  • 45 percent say their employees had provided care or assistance to an older person in the last two years
  • 39 percent say that an employee has asked for time off for caregiving, while 16 percent say an employee has requested time off under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • 52 percent say that caregiving has a major or minor effect on employee performance
  • 59 percent would be interested in learning more about resources available to caregiving employees

Flexible work schedules (48 percent), funeral or bereavement leave (44 percent), and job security (41 percent) are the most common services or programs offered to caregivers. However, 27 percent say they offer no programs or services for caregivers.

The survey took place during April and May of 2004; the report was prepared by Erica Dinger of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202-434-6176 for more information. (20 pages)

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