Issue: More employers are offering domestic-partner benefits to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Benefit/risk: Such benefits can provide a good recruiting tool, but thorny legal and tax issues must be sorted out.
Action: The pros outweigh the cons; encourage your organization to make the leap into domestic-partner benefits.
If your organization's top execs are thinking about extending benefits to employees' domestic partners, voice your support and bring good evidence to the table. The main reasons:
Cost. In the 1980s, U.S. companies feared domestic-partner (DP) benefits would cause health care costs to balloon. That didn't happen. In fact, 85 percent of companies that added DP benefits in the mid-'90s said their health care costs remained about the same, according to a Society for Human Resource(SHRM) study.
Recruiting. DP benefits signal your organization's progressive workplace and ...(register to read more)