The Sandwich Generation
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The Sandwich Generation

Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano

Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.
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Chapter 7: The effect of work hours and workplace policies on sandwiched caregivers

Jennifer Reid Keene, Takashi Yamashita and Anastasia H. Prokos

Abstract

This chapter addresses how workplace policies can and do support sandwiched family caregivers as they balance their work and caregiving obligations. The authors first examine the demographic trends predicting a growing demand for family caregivers and the likelihood that most caregivers will also be employed. They then discuss research on the effectiveness of workplace responses and policies intended to address employees’ family caregiving responsibilities, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, paid family leave, flexible work arrangements, dependent care help, and retirement planning. Throughout the discussion the authors emphasize the significance of gender, class, and workplace culture for supporting employed family caregivers. Finally, they address the benefits of family-friendly workplace policies for employers, workers, families, and society and offer suggestions for future research in this area that will help inform policy decision making. Key words: sandwiched workers, employed caregivers, workplace policies, family-friendly benefits.

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