Caregiving and Employment

Paid Family Leave goes into effect in California

A statewide coalition of organizations (including FCA) held a well-attended press conference last summer in Sacramento to launch California’s Paid Family Leave program, the first such law in the country. The new legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, has attracted widespread attention throughout the US. Several other states are now contemplating similar measures.

Personal Care Agreements

How to Compensate a Family Member for Providing Care



Many families reach a point when they recognize that an ill or older relative needs help. There are usually warning signs: difficulty with daily activities; memory problems; trouble with banking and finances; multiple falls; problems with driving; forgetting medications. Sometimes an elderly or ill loved one needs more than occasional assistance — they need full-time care.

Paid Family Leave: California

Caregivers who need time off work to care for loved ones are included in this program.)(

Q & A on California’s Paid Family Leave:

Q. What is Paid Family Leave?
A. Paid Family Leave is unemployment compensation disability insurance paid to workers who suffer a wage loss when they take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

Q. How long may a person receive Paid Family Leave insurance benefits?
A. Workers can receive up to six weeks of benefits that may be paid over a 12-month period.

Support for Working Family Caregivers: Paid Leave Policies in California and Beyond

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving has released a new Issue Brief on the value of paid family and medical leave to both working families and employers, and describes why this issue is taking hold in the states. The brief describes the development and initial implementation of California’s landmark paid leave law, and its usage by workers who are juggling the competing demands of jobs and caring for family members with chronic or debilitating health conditions. The brief also summarizes the progress towards similar statutes at the federal and state levels.

FCA Report Examines Effects of Caregiving on Retirement Planning

Nearly one quarter of American households provide care to relatives or friends age 50 or older. What is the fiscal toll on family caregivers who leave their jobs to provide that unpaid care?  The question is addressed in a new policy brief released by FCA’s National Center on Caregiving.

According to the report, while long-term caregiving can tax the finances of any family, since ap-proximately 75 percent of caregivers are female, the economic effect is intensified for women. Women also provide “informal” (unpaid) care longer than men—in many cases, for more than five years.

Paid Family Leave Act

California's Paid Family Leave - SB 1661 (Kuehl) Ten Quick Facts

1. Beginning July 1, 2004, California workers will receive up to 6 weeks of paid leave per year to care for a new child (birth, adoption, or foster care) or seriously ill family member (parent, child, spouse, or domestic partner).

2. Workers who already pay into the existing State Disability Insurance (SDI) system will be eligible for paid family leave.

Sandwiched In - Caregivers in the Middle

Your parents are aging and need your help, and your children are not yet independent. You are a member of the "Sandwich Generation," caught between the needs of your parents and those of your children.

Should you check in on your mother who isn't feeling well, or attend your daughter's recital? Do you pick your son up from school, or take your father to his doctor's appointment? You are torn, guilt ridden, and just plain tired. You also have a child who feels abandoned and resentful.

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