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Over the past twenty or so years, the range of employee benefits offered by employers - both large and small - has expanded dramatically. The old (and relatively short) list of "fringes" typically included health insurance, a pension plan, paid holidays and group life insurance. There was, of course, some variation in this list, especially across industries. But, by and large, employers did not concern themselves in a formal way with "modern" benefits such as elder care, child care, legal assistance, flex time, and parental leaves. As a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management' suggests, employers have begun offering so called "family friendly" benefits such as job-sharing, long-term care insurance, telecommuting, and emergency childcare in substantial numbers over the past five years.

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