Same-sex couple The trend amonglarge employers has been to maintain domestic partnerbenefits: 77 percent of organizations with 10,000 or moreemployees offer health care benefits to same- and opposite-sexdomestic partners. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Relationships and the definition of “family” continue to evolve.Coupling decreasing traditional marriage rates with increasingfrequency of common law marriage, domestic partnerships, civilunions, and single-parent homes, employers are now facing adecision on how to address the extension of benefits both from an HRadministration and company culture perspective.

To navigate the changing landscape, benefits managers shouldconsider the following guidelines to create a clear benefitsadministration framework and maximize the program's success.

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