woman and elderly man Despite the flurry of high-profile announcements by employers about new or expanded family leave programs, less than 15 percent of private sector employees are covered by paid leave programs. (Photo: iStock)

Caregiving impacts nearly 40 million families in the United States. As Baby Boomers age, caregiving for a family member is becoming a reality for many. About 60 percent of Americans find themselves juggling work and other responsibilities while caring for a family member.

Caregiving is not just about the elderly. “Working caregivers” are increasingly challenged to care for dependent children, a spouse/partner, siblings and yes, even family pets. (Time off to care for an ill or deceased pet has been the subject of course cases across the country. Currently there are not any regulations that cover protected time off for pets, but some cities in California have blurred the lines.)

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