Relief may be on the horizon for the Sandwich Generation if elder-care leave catches on

If this is the beginning of a trend, the Sandwich Generation can heave a sigh of relief. Under pressure to care both for their children and for their aging parents, most working professionals feel demands on both their on time and resources. And looks like their complaints are finally being heard.

In what supporters hope could be the start of a trend, professional-services firm Deloitte has said that its employees will receive additional benefits — up to 16 weeks of fully paid leave to care for and spend time with family members — this includes time to tend to spouses, children beyond infancy and aging parents. Also under this family leave program, mothers are eligible for up to six months of paid time off when factoring in short-term disability for childbirth.