Among benefits being considered as employers work to recruit andretain top staff, nontraditional voluntary benefits are gaining inpopularity, both with employers and with employees who want a morecustom-designed approach to benefits.

And included among those nontraditional benefits is petinsurance. Even the presence of pets in the workplace is becomingincreasingly common — Take Your Dog to Work Day, anyone? — althoughemployers do have to take certain steps to make sure that having apet, or even several, in the office is a pleasure instead of apotential cat-astrophe.

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