• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Status of Domestic-Partner Benefits in Michigan

by on
in Employee Benefits Program,Employment Law,Human Resources

Q. In November 2006, Michigan passed a constitutional amendment that prohibits the state from recognizing non-marital unions. We have employees who are seeking health insurance benefits for their domestic partners, who are of the same sex. Does the Michigan constitution preclude us from agreeing to provide health insurance for our employees and their domestic partners? —L.S.

A. This issue is in the courts. The constitutionality of the Michigan amendment is being challenged, as well as its meaning. However, as of right now, public employers appear to be precluded from extending benefits to non-marital couples. This would include not only homosexual relationships but also opposite-sex couples who are not married.

The amendment, however, would not seem to bar a private employer from extending benefits to unmarried (including same-sex) couples. If you are considering benefits for “nontraditional” couples or families, be careful to establish criteria to define those who would qualify. 

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/2801/status-of-domestic-partner-benefits-in-michigan "

Leave a Comment