AARP issued a report this week documenting the key employment issues affecting working family caregivers. The report, entitled, Protecting Family Caregivers from Employment Discrimination, defines family responsibilities discrimination (FRD), frames the issue as a major policy concern, and provides examples of workplace discrimination faced by working caregivers.
The report puts a spotlight on the limited legal protections available for caregivers experiencing FRD, which is defined as "the unfair treatment of workers with caregiving responsibilities, including workers caring for children, older adults, ill spouses, or other family members with disabilities." As the number of family caregivers grows in response to our aging population, public and private employers, as well as state and federal governments, will have to review, and revise their policies. The report explores current laws and makes recommendations, including the following for reducing FRD in the workplace:
- 1. Adopt a policy for preventing FRD.
- 2. Provide workplace flexibility.
- 3. Establish effective and predictable scheduling of hourly jobs.
- 4. Develop and provide education and training to supervisors and managers.
- 5. Offer eldercare support, resources, and referral services to employees.
- 6. Implement recruitment practices for people with eldercare responsibilities.
For more information and to read the full report click HERE.
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