Synergistic Solutions: An Integrated Approach to Solving the Caregiver Conundrum for ‘Real’ Workers
Nicole B. Porter
University of Toledo College of Law; University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Stetson Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 775, 2010
University of Toledo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-06
This Paper is the second part of a project aimed at ending caregiver discrimination for all workers who are struggling to balance work and family. In the first part of the project, I argued that the communitarian theory supports the broad reform I envisioned, and in this piece, I articulate that vision. This reform project utilizes a synergy of solutions, taking a comprehensive and creative approach to ending the caregiver conundrum for all working caregivers. My proposal includes the use of various statutory provisions that will work together in a unique way, avoiding some of the deficiencies created by other proposals. Specifically, my proposal attempts to address the three main problems facing working caregivers: the lack of workplace flexibility, the marginalization of part-time workers, and the unique financial difficulties facing lower income workers. While describing my synergistic solutions, the Paper will also explain how the proposed reform differs from other reform proposals and why I have chosen to advocate for some solutions over others. I will also discuss why I believe the communitarian theory helps to justify the reform I am proposing. While recognizing that this proposal is ambitious, I hope to convince the reader that a synergy of solutions is not only possible but necessary to cure the caregiver conundrum for all working caregivers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 84
Keywords: discrimination, gender, caregiving, pregnancy, reformAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 7, 2010 ; Last revised: September 17, 2010
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