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The paper discusses the basic protections offered to families under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The paper then considers the costs of this Act for society in general and notes how this Act is protected from employee abuse. The paper concludes that in general, society is protected by mandating leave in situations where family members require care.
From the Paper:"The rights of the family extend pretty far under the terms of the Act. Though the leave is unpaid, employees are able to take the leave either in one single chunk, broken up throughout the years, or by negotiating a reduced daily schedule with their employer (Swanke & Zeman 2009). They can use this time to take care of themselves, if an illness requires frequent visits to doctors or hospitalization, or other frequent interruptions of work, and as long as the employee continues to make their mandatory contributions to the employer's health plan their benefits cannot be altered or lost, and their permanent position or one with similar duties and the same salary and benefits must be made available when the leave is over (Swanke & Zeman 2009). Most leaves taken under the Family Medical Leave Act are for the care of others, however.
"A growing number of the workforce is responsible for providing primary care to an elderly family member; it is estimated that by next year approximately half of all employees in the United States will have an aging parent or spouse dependent on them for care (Brown 2005). The Family Medical Leave Act provides a way for these individuals to provide the care their loved ones need without using up all of their own sick time and vacation leave and suffering the psychological and physiological consequences of this (Brown 2005; Sawnke & Zeman 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brown, J. (2005). "Addressing the Stress of Elder Care: Behavioral Health Services Can Provide Relief for Caregivers." Employee benefit plan review October, pp. 11-3.
- Holmes, D. (2008). "The Family and Medical Leave Act." Employee benefit review plan May, pp. 10-3.
- Swanke, J. & Zeman, L. (2009). "Family Medical Leave as a resilience for caregivers." Care management journals 10(1), pp. 8-13.
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Effects of the Family Medical Leave Act (2012, February 20) Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/effects-of-the-family-medical-leave-act-150486/
"Effects of the Family Medical Leave Act" 20 February 2012. Web. 27 November. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/effects-of-the-family-medical-leave-act-150486/>