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Same-sex couple The trend among large employers has been to maintain domestic partner benefits: 77 percent of organizations with 10,000 or more employees offer health care benefits to same- and opposite-sex domestic partners. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Relationships and the definition of “family” continue to evolve. Coupling decreasing traditional marriage rates with increasing frequency of common law marriage, domestic partnerships, civil unions, and single-parent homes, employers are now facing a decision on how to address the extension of benefits both from an HR administration and company culture perspective.

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