FREE Catholic Classes
When both spouses work or when there is a single parent, a serious medical condition or long-term illness can wreak havoc. Even for an unmarried adult child or a family with an at-home spouse, a sick relative can be a huge challenge. Yet, as our communities grow less communal, and offspring move hundreds of miles away from where they grew up, the family becomes both more isolated and more essential as a safety net for all the extraordinary problems that can develop.
Recognition of the burden families are under led to the creation of the Family Medical Leave Act almost 15 years ago, which provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to employees.
It is not a perfect law. It gives many lower-wage employees an unaffordable option: You can take a leave from your job, but without pay, to deal with family medical issues. And it puts a burden on smaller employers: Deal with the loss of a key employee, perhaps, for an extended period of time because of family medical reasons.
The unfortunate reality is that it is not just the family that is under stress, but the workplace.
Most of the discussion of family-leave issues, including the discussion in our own pages, focuses on the larger corporate world or organizations complex enough to deal with the loss of employees for three months at a time.
In the real world of small businesses and organizations, this is less of a luxury, particularly for skilled positions that are not easily filled. And these businesses are often under the greatest stress from large competitors both here and abroad.
Yet the abuses the legislation attempted to address are real, and they persist. It is critical that society as a whole look to values beyond simply productivity and profit.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it: "Those responsible for business enterprises are responsible to society for the economic and ecological effects of their operations. They have an obligation to consider the good of persons and not only the increase of profits" (No. 2432).
While profits are necessary for the survival of the enterprise, the Catechism adds, it stresses the need for social responsibility on the part of business leaders.
In our hypercompetitive economic environment, the scale and cost of this social responsibility is robustly debated, but the fundamental challenge of the church's teaching remains: Like the Sabbath, work was made for man, not vice versa. The shattering of the family or the abandonment of the weak and ill is too high a price for a moral society to pay, if that is the cost of economic dominance.
Of course, that is not the only choice. What often goes untracked by any accounting software or government statistics are the many occasions when employers go above and beyond the legal minimum for their employees in need. Flexible work hours, leave with pay even when it is not required, personal time to address family matters: All of these are often unheralded, undocumented ways that a good employer recognizes that an employee is about much more than simply a job.
These employers know that responding to family needs makes for happier employees and a better work environment. In the coming labor shortage that will hit our nation as baby boomers retire, such ethical behavior will make sound business sense as well.
Our Sunday Visitor
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,717
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- St. Cletus: Saint of the Day for Friday, April 26, 2019
- Abortion language nixed from UN resolution after Trump admin ...
- Bishop Donald J. Hying appointed to lead Madison diocese
- Bishops pray for victims of earthquakes in Philippines
- Daily Readings for Friday, April 26, 2019
- Prayer Requests Live for Thursday, April 25th, 2019 HD Video
- Daily Reading for Sunday, April 28th, 2019 HD Video
- Daily Reading for Saturday, April 27th, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, April 26th, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org
Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel
Learn the Catholic way
Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all
K-12 & Adult Education Classes
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.