U.S. employees want back-up child and elder care

Majority of employees miss work due to breakdown in care arrangements
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/26/2007

More than half of American employees missed three to 10 days of work last year due to a lack of back-up child- or elder-care options, according to a new survey.

A national survey of working adults commissioned by employee assistance program provider Workplace Options, found that 59 per cent of employees or their spouses missed at least one day of work in the past year and 56 per cent missed three to ten days of work because their primary care arrangements fell through.

Back-up care is needed when illness, vacation or other unexpected circumstances disrupt primary child-care or elder-care arrangements.