Sarah L. Nama

Date of Defense



Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Pritchard

Second Advisor

Dr. Trudy Verser

Third Advisor

Dr. Emily Hoffman


American employees who create families have faced increasing strain from the conflicting demands of family and employment duties. The government has recognized the problem and enacted legislation to aid employee-parents with these demands. An analysis of this legislation, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, uncovers its weaknesses. Since the act's shortcomings are significant, a void exists in effectively alleviating the strain faced by employee-parents. Thus, I offer an ethical argument and a practical argument that businesses should act in order to aid employee-parents in balancing the demands of work and family.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only