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domestic partnership

A popular term for a committed relationship between two unmarried people who cohabit and often have one or more children together.
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A report by the Williams Institute & Center for American Progress estimated that employees who included a domestic partner on their insurance plan paid an average of $1,069 per year more in taxes than would a married employee with the same coverage.
In addition, non-dependent domestic partner benefits may not be provided through a cafeteria or Section 125 plan.
And in Wisconsin, where the University of Wisconsin System has been seeking domestic partner benefits, voters approved a constitutional amendment last month that not only defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but also bars the state from granting legal status similar to marriage to unmarried individuals.
In terms of domestic partner coverage, we've been offering that for many, many years because that's what our customers want,'' said David Olson, senior vice president of corporate communications for Health Net.
Twenty local jurisdictions agreed in 2004 to provide benefits for domestic partners of public employees, a 12 percent increase over 2003.
Domestic partner programs are not the only competitor to marriage, nor are they even the most important.
Catholic Charities of Maine has filed a federal lawsuit asserting that the city of Portland has no right to withhold public funds from the group because it refuses to extend employee benefits to domestic partners.
Employers thus may consider extending employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners without fear of disqualifying the entire plan.
employers currently offer domestic partner insurance benefits, including Exxon Mobil competitors Chevron, Shell Oil and, BP Amoco.
A study conducted by the international Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists found more than 200 entities in the United States that offer domestic partner benefits.
To be granted leave, the domestic partners have to be registered as such with the city's personnel department in accordance with established procedures, which will also include guidelines for terminating the partnership.
based employees for the federal tax paid on same-sex domestic partner health coverage, making it one of the first financial services firms to offer this benefit.

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