SCHENK: I came from Nevada a year and a half ago and the domestic partner
, both same-sex and opposite sex, benefits are a lot more common there.
Fidas and Elliott said they think that other businesses will look at Wal-Mart's decision and realize that it's now become common to offer health benefits to workers' domestic partners
New York is not the first jurisdiction to make a place for domestic partners
(outside marriage or civil unions) in health care decisions.
But under Google's new policy, the company isn't offering any extra pay to heterosexual domestic partners
, because it says heterosexual employees have the option of avoiding the tax by getting married.
But on their state tax returns, registered domestic partners
will be asked to identify themselves as "RDPs" (Registered Domestic Partnership), filing either jointly or separately.
And unless an employer voluntarily adds an additional benefit, domestic partners
will not receive death benefits from traditional pension plans in the event of the employee's death prior to retirement.
By his reasoning, Kentucky voters rejected the idea of domestic partner
benefits when they passed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
A gender-neutral domestic partner
benefit, available to gay and heterosexual couples alike, Brinkman avers, "would be fine.
More than 8,250 employers provided domestic partner
benefits in 2004, a 13 percent increase over 2003;
For myself, I cannot imagine my mother sobbing with joy and relief as she says, "Thank goodness, Jon has finally found a domestic partner
of employees are eligible for the same benefits coverage as spouses of legally married employees, including medical, dental, and vision coverage.
There are also unique benefits only available to domestic partners