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Common law & same sex marriage effect on employee benefits

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Research two companies in the Fortune 500 that offer partner benefits. Compare and contrast the companies as you
answer the following questions:
- How do the requirements for coverage for domestic partners, such as length of the relationship compare with
requirements for benefits of married couples?
- Do companies usually require a waiting period after dissolution of a marriage (divorce) before a new spouse can
become eligible for benefits?
- What factors, such as legislation, may influence the inclusion of these stipulations?
- Can any of the terms you defined above be applied to either company based on other information you learned
about them? Why, or why not?
Use the following terms in your discussion and include appropriate examples for use the following terms in your discussion and include appropriate examples for each one:
- Glass walls
- Sticky floor
- Glass escalator

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Following are answers to the posted questions. Probably best if you pick two companies that you are familiar with.

How do the requirements for coverage for domestic partners, such as length of the relationship compare with
requirements for benefits of married couples?

Most all Fortune 500 companies do not recognize "domestic partners" from a benefits eligibility perspective unless the specific state has statutes to that effect. That statute is often ...

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Brief description of how companies react to common law and same sex marriage.

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