Post(s) tagged with "partnership benefits"

Unlike recent changes to federal personnel policy that apply only to same-sex partners, the changes also apply to opposite-sex domestic partners. The policy change — published in Monday’s Federal Register — is part of reforms ordered last year by President Obama when he extended fringe benefits to the same-sex partners of gay federal workers. Government lawyers concluded that opposite-sex partners did not need to be included in those changes because heterosexual couples may obtain such benefits through marriage.

The change announced Monday essentially adds opposite-sex and same-sex partners, stepparents, stepchildren, grandparents and grandchildren to the list of relationships that permit a federal worker to take leave. The changes do not apply to the Family and Medical Leave Act, a law that only Congress can change.


Read the entire article at the Washington Post: Federal Eye - Gay, straight federal workers benefit from new leave policy

This is an excellent step forward for all federal workers and for their families. 

Washington Post

In Illinois, Treasurer’s Office Expands Gay Partner Benefits

by Francine Knowles | Chicago Sun Times

Gay and lesbian employees of the Illinois Treasurer’s office with domestic partners will have the same benefits as married employees under an executive order signed by state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias Sunday.

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Excellent News out of Illinois!  It may be a small step but what an important step for those families that can now provide their partners and children basic protections, like health insurance coverage.



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