Domestic-partner benefits: Don’t fear cost, controversy

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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 Management (SHRM) study.

Recruiting. DP benefits signal your organization's progressive workplace and ...(register to read more)

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