Domestic Partner Benefits in the Modern Workplace

Source: Tom Kramer and Emily Shults, IMPA-HR News, Vol. 75 no. 1, January 2009
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Employers, and especially public employers, have had to consider whether and how to provide benefits to their employees’ domestic partners. The impetus to consider such benefits has come from judicial decisions, statutes and ordinances, moral and ethical considerations and the need to recruit and retain high-quality employees. This article will attempt to describe both the legal compulsions to provide domestic partner benefits–with references to relevant laws and court decisions–and the complications in doing so.

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