Families and Caregivers
In 1970, almost two-thirds of married couples had one spouse at home to handle family life needs. But the reality today for most families is that both members of a couple must work full-time to make ends meet. And in single-parent families, all the work and family responsibilities fall on one individual.
Millions of American families are struggling to balance child and elder care with the demands of work. But the structure of the American workplace has failed to adjust to these dramatic shifts in the demographics of our workforce.
Workplace flexibility can be a critical support to the millions of employees and families facing serious caregiving responsibilities – whether for children, elderly relatives or other loved ones.
Workplace Flexibility 2010 Resources:
- Meeting the Needs of Today’s Families: The Role of Workplace Flexibility
- Meeting the Needs of Today's Families: Bibliography
- Promoting Children’s Well-Being: The Role of Workplace Flexibility
- Resources for Workplace Flexibility, Families and Child Development
- Short Term Time Off: What We Know
- Dear Colleague Letter for April 2006 Briefing: “Meeting the Needs of Today’s Families: The Role of Workplace Flexibility” (Signed by Senators Lamar Alexander and Hillary Clinton)
- Dear Colleague Letter for September 2006 Briefing on “Children’s Well-Being and the Role of Workplace Flexibility for Parents” (Signed by Senators Chris DeWine and Mike Dodd)