Domestic Partner Benefits
What is a domestic partnership?
The term "domestic partnership" generally refers to an unmarried couple,
either of the same or opposite sex. Following a U.S. Supreme Court
ruling in June 2015, all states must license same-sex marriages and
recognize same-sex marriages entered into legally out of state. Some
states permit civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex or
opposite-sex couples. An employer's policy decisions regarding these
relationships will be shaped by state and federal laws, business needs,
and a desire for an inclusive corporate culture. Policy decisions
most often arise in the context of extending existing health insurance
and other benefits to civil union partners or domestic partners.
Although benefits may
not be required by law, many employers voluntarily offer benefits
such as family and medical leave covering civil union partners and
domestic partners. There are a number of legal ramifications, including
tax issues, to consider if an organization intends to offer benefits
to domestic partners.
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