woman and elderly man Despite theflurry of high-profile announcements by employers about new orexpanded family leave programs, less than 15 percent of privatesector employees are covered by paid leave programs. (Photo:iStock)

Caregiving impacts nearly 40 million families in the UnitedStates. As Baby Boomers age, caregiving for a familymember is becoming a reality for many. About 60 percent ofAmericans find themselves juggling work and other responsibilitieswhile caring for a family member.

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

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