As baby boomers retire and our demographics shift, more and more people are both working and serving as the caregiver for aging adults in their family. The emotional and financial stress that many family caregivers carry is often exacerbated by rigid personal sick leave policies in the workplace.
As of today, August 1, a new Minnesota state law has gone into effect that expands how employees can use sick time. For decades, the law only mandated the employee could use sick leave to care for themselves or a minor child. Today and into the future, sick leave can also be used to care for adult children, spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, or stepparents.
"The new Personal Sick Leave bill will allow thousands of employed caregivers across the state of Minnesota a new tool in their effort to balance the roles of employee and caregiver" said Kirsten Johnson, Wilder Foundation Community Leadership Manager. "As the demographics in our state continue to shift, we need these people to continue in both roles – this law goes a long way in helping to make that more possible."
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation partnered with AARP and the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota in support of the new legislation. Special thanks to Governor Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon, Senator Bobby Jo Champion and Representative Rick Hansen for their leadership in supporting family caregivers. Read the full bill language here.