Presentation on theme: "AMY BONES CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY GENERAL COUNSEL Legal Options as a Caregiver."— Presentation transcript:
AMY BONES CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY GENERAL COUNSEL Legal Options as a Caregiver
Statistics Half of the US labor force will be caregivers within the next 5 years While care giving is traditionally associated with women, 45% of today’s working caregivers are men Nearly two-thirds (63%) of all caregivers age 51-64 work, most full-time; 75% of those caregivers are primary caregivers Up to 30% of employee have eldercare responsibilities, and 40% of those also have children at home Eighty percent of older adult care is provided solely by family and friends The average length of care giving is 8 years Source: AARP.org
Family Medical Leave Act “Serious Health Condition” incapacity or treatment connected with inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or incapacity (or treatments for) a chronic serious health condition (e.g., asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.); or incapacity that is permanent or long-term due to a condition for which treatment may not be effective (e.g., Alzheimer's, stroke, terminal diseases, etc.); or, any absences to receive multiple treatments by, or on referral by, a health care provider for a condition that likely would result in incapacity of more than three consecutive days if left untreated (e.g., chemotherapy, physical therapy; or, employees may take intermittent leave (e.g., one day off a week) instead of a 12 week block if FMLA leave is for medically necessary care for a seriously ill family member.
FMLA Up to 12 weeks, unpaid leave when “needed to care for” an immediate family member What does “needed to care for” mean? According to the rules, providing care extends to cases where the employee’s family member is unable to care for his or her own basic needs or safety, or is unable to transport himself or herself to the doctor, among other circumstances. Examples: o Taking a few hours a week off to take an elderly parent who has suffered a stroke to physical therapy o Taking a week off to care for a spouse with Alzheimer’s when the home health aide is on vacation
ADA Association Provision One ADA provision – protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on their relationship or association with an individual with a disability, whether or not the applicant or employee has a disability.