Discussing the fundamental principles inherent to effective systems of caregiving leave
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Achieving a healthy work-family life balance is becoming increasingly difficult and is generally dependent on a combination of factors. Such factors include the nature and intensity of work engaged in, available legislative or employer provided leave and time-off for caregiving (family) responsibilities, and organisational and home support towards carrying out caregiving duties. A largely female focussed approach towards available caregiving leave must also be addressed. A truly effective system of caregiving leave should be sensitive towards a number of issues, most notably: job security and availability, and sufficiency and practicality of available caregiving leave. With the aforesaid as background, the aim of this contribution is to highlight those fundamental or core principles arguably inherent to any effective system of caregiving leave.