The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a technical assistance document outlining employer best practices for avoiding discrimination against workers with caregiving responsibilities. The document, Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, supplements Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, a guidance document the EEOC released on this topic in 2007. The earlier document specifically examines how federal anti-discrimination laws apply to workers with certain family caregiving obligations. The new guidance provides suggestions for best practices that an employer can proactively adopt to potentially lessen the chances of committing EEO violations against caregiving employees. Suggestions include implementing personal or sick leave policies that allow employees to use leave to care for sick family members, flexible work arrangements, part-time opportunities with proportional compensation and benefits, and equal-opportunity policies that address unlawful discrimination against caregivers.
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