Question: My mother, 78, is terminally ill with cancer. I would like to Be be able to take care of her, but I need to work. Is there any help out there for me?
Answer: First, you should contact your local hospice agency and bring hospice into the caregiving and supervision scenario.
Second, Under the federal Family Leave Act you can take time off from work and not lose your job. Your employer must give you a job when you want to return to work.
However, most people like yourself do need the income as well as the time off. California and New Jersey have a law, The Paid Family Leave Law, which allows employees to take time off from work to care for an ill child, spouse or parent with pay. Several other states are considering similar laws.