"Dependent Care" program from Home Depot

United States
June 28, 2011 8:43pm CST
As a discussion I posted a couple days ago, I admired those Japanese companies treat their employees with value, and they treat them like "family", and care for them. No wonder their employees usually work for a company for life. I think this same concept might also apply for the recent employee benefit program embraced by Home Depot. It is called "Back up Dependent Care". A employee might worry if his/her child or elderly parents were sick at home. They would usually take days off to take care their family. With Dependent care program, the employee only pay $35 deductible for the care they have to pay for third party, and Home Depot would pay the rest of it for the day. So, what do you think of it?
3 responses
• United States
29 Jun 11
I think it sounds great. I wish more companies would do this. I know whenever I am sick I have to tough it out because my husband's employer does not feel that time off from work to take me to the doctor is a good reason to miss work. My husband's employer feels that appointments should be made on his days off (the only day he gets off is Sunday and there are no doctors that work on Sunday).
• United States
3 Jul 11
Yeah, that is tough, and you don't want your boss to be suspicious about it too. I think if the employer really understand the situation of their employees. Nonetheless, the employer is a human being too, he got sick, and he got emergency of himself too. He should find it out himself sometimes.
• United States
3 Jul 11
I don't know that you have all the details on this one. As a 3rd party like a child care provider wold not want to take care of your sick child you'd have to stay home with them. Now as far as the elderly goes would this invove having inhome heathcare provider for your parent/spouse that you live with to come and tend to them while you are at work? Most agencies only do this on a regular basis not as an on-call service.
@rosegardens (3044)
• United States
29 Jun 11
That is awesome! However, as a consumer, I wonder if the cost would be reflected in the things I have to buy. Will they have to increase prices in order to gain revenue to pay for this? I wish that someone would do an in-depth study to find out why health care costs so much. But, that is another topic, isn't it?