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How employers can help staff take care of aging parents

Nola Miller remembers the day she received 19 calls from her mother at work. As a group home co-ordinator for Winnipeg Child and Family Services, she’d mastered the demands of her job, but the stress of caring for her aging mother was weighing on her. “When you’re at work, and you’re getting calls like that, […]

In 2018, 25 per cent of Canadians, or 7.8 million people, aged 15 and older provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability or problems related to aging, according to data published this week by Statistics Canada. This compares to 8.1 million people, or 28 […]

Caregiver benefits for parents of ill children misunderstood, says federal review

An evaluation of a federal benefit to help parents take time off work to care for critically ill children says fewer people have used it than expected because they didn’t know about it or didn’t understand how it worked. Annual applications for the benefit, delivered through the employment insurance system, have been well below the […]

The Pensions Policy Institute and U.K. consumer advocacy group Which? are teaming up to recommend to the U.K. government that working mothers should receive a top-up to their pensions in an effort to close the pension gender gap. The groups’ analysis found a woman in the U.K. who took time off for childcare responsibilities would put an average […]

Caregiving responsibilities costing U.S. workers their jobs, benefits: research

Forty-three million Americans are currently acting as an unpaid caregiver for a family member, according to a report by the U.S.-based business research organization LIMRA. It also suggested half of these unpaid caregivers work full time outside the home, with the demands of taking care of a loved one impacting their career. Indeed, it found […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 14, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 09:15
Many employers unaware of costs of caregiving economy: report

American companies are facing a caregiving crisis they refuse to acknowledge, according to a report by the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. According to the report, rising health-care and professional caregiving costs, along with changing demographics over the past few decades, have “put great pressure on American employees as they try […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 21, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 09:45
More than 8,000 caregiving EI benefits claims since Dec. 2017: Feds

In the first year since the federal government made changes to employment insurance benefits aimed at helping caregivers and new parents, it has received more than 8,300 caregiving benefits claims. The government expects that number to grow, estimating about 22,000 claims for caregiving benefits by fall 2019. It also found that, as of September 2018, more […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 30, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
Starbucks launches subsidized care benefit for children, dependant adults

Starbucks Corp. is aiming to help working parents and caregivers with a new benefit connecting employees with an online care network and 10 days of subsidized backup care. The online service, called Care@Work, moves through Care.com, which connects families directly with caregivers. “This is giving our partners resources for things that happen in regular life,” said Ron […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 11, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:15
Flexibility key in supporting employees with caregiving responsibilities

While some workplaces may find it difficult to accommodate flexibility for employees with caregiving responsibilities, employers should be creative, according to one human resources consultant. “To me, I feel like it’s not that difficult to do,” Helen Patterson, a consultant at Life Works Well, told an audience at the Human Resources Professionals Association conference in Toronto on Friday. “Flexibility is not […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • February 5, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00
How does Hawaii’s caregiver program compare to Canada’s EI benefit?

As Hawaii introduces new legislation to provide working caregivers with a daily stipend of US$70 to offset the costs of elder care, how does it measure up against Canada’s new employment insurance caregiver benefit? The Kapuna Caregivers Assistance Act, which took effect in December, will provide the stipend to Hawaiian employees working more than 30 hours a […]