Dropping (or Keeping) Domestic-Partner Benefits Has Ramifications

Overview


Todd Solomon predicted that, with same-sex marriage legal nationwide, more employers will require that same-sex couples be married to receive health benefits coverage. “Most employers that change to requiring marriage will allow a grace period—e.g., they will give employees six to 12 months to get married before they lose their benefits,” Mr. Solomon said, adding that employers offering benefits to unmarried opposite-sex couples “are less likely to drop benefits for unmarried same-sex partners because they are already accustomed to offering benefits to unmarried partners who have a legal right to marry.”