Theory suggests that domestic partner
benefits improve recruitment and retention by enhancing LGBT employee voice, equity, and economic considerations.
However, Eason says, before eliminating domestic partner
benefits, employers must also consider whether those are needed to satisfy demands such as government contractor requirements-regulations a state or city imposes on companies it does business with.
These companies should be encouraged to keep domestic partner
health benefits for both gay and non-gay unmarried couples in place, as well as spousal health insurance policies that treat all couples equally.
We were really wanting to embrace domestic partners
whether it was same gender or opposite, but what we were faced with is we have 100 percent healthcare.
For employers that offer domestic partner
health benefits, the cost "has been negligible," the Human Rights Campaign said on its website.
Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who had raised concerns about the Pflugerville school district, as well as the cities of El Paso, Austin and Fort Worth, extending such benefits to domestic partners
For most companies, the cost of adding domestic partner
benefits is quite low, typically less than 2% of total benefit costs, according a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (McDonnell, 2009).
For example, the New York statute permits physicians to turn to spouses or domestic partners
for guidance, but a given patient may have both a spouse and a domestic partner
Also referred to as nontraditional couples and unmarried partners, the term "domestic partners
" includes both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
"Within five days of my asking the question, our firm began offering domestic partner
benefits," she says.
By his reasoning, Kentucky voters rejected the idea of domestic partner
benefits when they passed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
OHIO'S MIAMI University offers domestic partners
of gay employees the same benefits--health and dental insurance, recreation center discounts, tuition waivers--that it extends to the spouses of married employees.