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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:59 PM
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More companies green-light domestic-partner benefits
Private employers are instituting domestic-partner health insurance benefits for gay employees at the rate of three companies a day, according to a study by the educational arm of the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

The analysis by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation found that more than 1,000 private employers and colleges and universities added domestic-partner benefits in 2003, 18% more than the year before. Some 40% of the Fortune 500 companies now offer domestic-partner benefits, including nearly 70% of the 50 top businesses.

Employers in all states should soon expect to see an effect from the Massachusetts high court decision legalizing marriage for same-sex couples, according to the report, which is being released Thursday. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts on May 17. Once marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples in that state, employers elsewhere may face more pressure from workers to match the benefits available in Massachusetts, the report said.

The report says providing such benefits enhances morale, productivity, recruiting, and competitiveness. One of the study's authors, Kim Mills, said the 18% rise is an indication that employers are deciding that such benefits are good for business.

http://www.advocate.com/new_news.asp?ID=12335&sd=05/06/...
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:02 PM
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1. coincidence?
brilliant! if you give workers SECURITY, they will be more PRODUCTIVE.

what a novel idea... treating employees as investments
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:20 PM
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2. What they need to concentrate on now
is equity in those benefits.

I work for a national bank and my coverage is the exact same as a married person's coverage. I pay the same and I get the same coverage.

A friend of mine worked for a cell phone company that had domestic partner benefits. He paid almost 3 times more than a married person did for his insurance so that he could have his parnter on it. He was literally paying 500 a month for insurance.

They changed that policy last year under pressure from employees. Now they pay the same regardless of marriage.
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