Prof. Nadine Taub of Rutgers Law School (Opinion, May 25) argues persuasively in favor of legislation to guarantee employees their jobs when temporary leave is required for medical reasons or for caring for one's newborn child.
She articulately points out that "by treating temporary incapacities of pregnancy like other temporary incapacities, the bill introduced by Rep. William Clay (D-Mo.) would eliminate a source of resentment between workers who miss work for pregnancy-related reasons and workers who miss work for equally compelling problems."
Unfortunately, she states only as an afterthought that the care needs of the elderly will far exceed those of small children. If the idea is to recognize and accommodate the personal responsibilities that compete with one's work, we ought to be thinking about allowing workers unpaid leave from their jobs to care for frail elderly parents.
Often times, the only thing standing in the way of a senior's institutionalization in a nursing home is the care that is provided at home by one of their adult children. In effect, they often save taxpayers millions of dollars that Medicaid would spend on nursing home care for these people.