Accordingly, an employer considering the extension of domestic partner
coverage should be prepared for these types of reactions.
In Utah, 25 percent of Utah respondents provide domestic partner
benefits, according to The Employers Council's 20132014 National & Utah Policies & Benefits Survey.
The second part introduces the research questions and a theoretical framework related to the availability of domestic partner
benefits and overall recruitment and retention.
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.
Elliott, of the Society for Human Resource Management, said the reason companies offer domestic partner
benefits is to give them a competitive edge in recruiting, attracting and retaining employees.
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).
Many other techniques are available to domestic partners
and other unmarried couples to help guard against unintended consequences and minimize tax costs connected with asset transfers.
Ontario law makes provision for conflicts of this kind by uncoupling married people if a domestic partner
is also in the picture.
Rights and benefits afforded to domestic partners
in some jurisdictions may not be available or recognized elsewhere.
Within five days of my asking the question, our firm began offering domestic partner
benefits," she says.
In the case of a 401(k) or profit-sharing plan, the domestic partner
will have to be specifically named as the employee's beneficiary in order to receive any death benefit.