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Compassionate hands The “sandwich generation” makes up much of the workforce, and helps to explain why more people have taken time off to care for an ailing family member. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Parental leave has prompted national conversations over the last several years and gotten the attention of big-name companies. However, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, among adults who were employed in the past two years, more time was taken off work to care for a sick family member (11 percent) than following the birth or adoption of a child (7 percent).

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