Features and Benefits for the Domestic

Features and Benefits for the Domestic


The term “benefits to the domestic” refers to benefit plans the employee’s that offer unmarried couples the same benefits (or comparable) to those offered to married couples. More and more employers, in both the public and private sectors, offer benefits plans that provide coverage for partners of employees, even without being married. In fact, some states and cities require such coverage as a condition of competing firms to obtain government contracts. While the benefits for domestic partners are becoming more and more popular, the rules that govern such benefits are not uniform. Below we discuss the benefits for domestic partners, and legal issues related.

What is a “Domestic”?

Coexistence is generally understood as two adults not related to each other and not married, who share the same house. In order to qualify to receive benefits for the domestic partner, an employee may be required to demonstrate that their “eligible couple” meets certain criteria established by the employer.

Many benefit plans the domestic defined an “eligible couple” with the following attributes:

  • you must be at least eighteen years of age;
  • the relationship must not be closer than allowed by state law to form a legal marriage;
  • it is necessary to have a “committed relationship”;
  • you must be in an exclusive relationship with your partner;
  • must be financially interdependent with their partner.

Some plans of benefits to the domestic refuse participation to same-sex couples, which is normally limited to those people who are in a relationship that is considered “compromised”, a term that can be defined in many different ways. Some states and cities allow domestic partners to register the couple. This record, although it does not imply the same status as a marriage, sometimes it is a condition to participate in a benefit plan. Other plans require a waiting period of six months to a year before a couple may be eligible to enroll in the benefit plan. (See also: Benefits to the domestic.)

What Benefits are Covered?

Many plans and benefits for the domestic offer only benefits are minimal and of low cost. The following are examples of these benefits:

  • absence due to illness;
  • costs of relocation;
  • access to the property of the company;
  • permission to attend the events of the company.

The provision most important to the majority of the employees is the health insurance and health. Many employers are reluctant to extend such benefits to domestic partners, unless they have the obligation to do so, for fear that the cost is too high. However, studies have shown that the increase in the cost to add coverage for a domestic partner to a health insurance plan is less than what many employers may anticipate. This is due to the participation in the benefits plans for domestic partners, tends to be low and those employees who do participate tend to be younger and more healthy. In addition, in the case of the cohabitation of the same sex, there is a lower risk that a health plan must cover the high costs of pregnancy and childbirth.

Tax Consequences

The laws with respect to the federal income tax is not treated as benefits to the domestic partners of the same way to the benefits that are offered to married couples. Generally, an employee whose partner receives benefits for domestic partners, you must include the cost of such benefits as taxable income. This means that the employee must pay a tax not only on the premium that pays for the benefits, but must also include the portion of the cost of benefits paid by the employer as taxable income. The exception is the case of couples who are legal dependents, as defined by the Internal revenue Service. To be a legal dependent, a partner must live in the same home as the employee and must receive more than half of their support from the part of the employee.

Today, thousands of employers offer benefits plans for domestic and, to the extent that these plans become more popular, the rules and rights under which are governed will continue to change and evolve. A lawyer specializing in employment law can give you advice on the plans of benefits to the domestic, and on your rights as an employee or domestic partner under those plans.

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