Known as the “sandwich generation”, many of today’s middle-aged Americans find themselves not only supporting their adult children in a difficult economy but caring for aging and elderly parents. This dual-role can cause many sleepless nights for the harried caretaker, especially when aging parents begin to show signs of dementia or other cognitive issues.
For some, taking a leave of absence from work becomes necessary to ensure elderly parents receive proper care during the day. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it may be possible for a caretaker to keep his or her job while taking a leave of absence to tend to aging parents – but for how long? We will examine the FMLA as it applies to caring for one’s parents, including the limitations and restrictions placed on employees in certain employment scenarios.