From the NY Times:
A growing number of companies are covering the extra costs that same-sex couples pay for domestic partner benefits — and even more companies are thinking about it. So we’ve decided to keep track of who is doing what in a chart at the bottom of this post.
While many companies offer domestic partnership coverage — an important benefit on its own since same-sex couples’ unions are not recognized by the federal government — some pioneering organizations are extending an even more generous policy. They’re essentially reimbursing gay employees for the extra taxes they may incur as a result of that coverage, something that married heterosexual people don’t have to worry about.
Why is this an issue? Gay and lesbian employees who are lucky enough to work at places that have domestic partner coverage are taxed on the value of those benefits (if the partner is not considered a dependent). A handful of companies cover those extra costs, but not until Google adopted that policy earlier this year did the movement to equalize benefits begin to gain traction. Apple is the latest boldface name to join the effort.
A provision within a draft of the health care overhaul bill would have eliminated the tax, but it was ultimately dropped. The Human Rights Campaign said it continued to work on getting a bill passed, but until that happens — if it ever does — employees or their employers must pay the extra tax. (Many companies will cover the costs only for same-sex partners, since opposite-sex couples have the option to marry.)...
The biggest deterrent, of course, is the cost. Many companies support efforts to eliminate the tax altogether, but they’re unwilling to cover the costs employees now face.
Wish your company’s name was on the list with a “Yes” next to it? The Human Rights Campaign has a proposal and other information on its Web site that employees can use to help build their case...
|Technology Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|2.||–||Yes, in 2011|
|3.||Apple||–||Yes, in 2011|
|7.||Intel||No||No current plans|
|8.||Hewlett-Packard||Declined to comment||Declined to comment|
|9.||I.B.M.||No||Continues to monitor situation|
|Financial Services Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|1.||Barclays||Yes, in 2011|
|2.||Bank of America||No||Continues to evaluate marketplace, but no immediate plans|
|3.||Citigroup||No||Declined to comment|
|4.||JPMorgan Chase||No||Continues to monitor situation|
|5.||Goldman Sachs||No||Declined to comment|
|6.||Morgan Stanley||No||Currently reviewing|
|7.||Capital One||No||Currently reviewing|
|8.||Charles Schwab||No||No current plans|
|9.||Prudential Financial||No||Declined to comment|
|11.||TIAA-CREF||No||Continues to monitor situation|
|Insurance Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|1.||Aetna||No||Continues to monitor situation|
|2.||The Chubb Corp.||No||No plans at this time|
|5.||CNA||No||“Has no confirmed plans for additional benefits at this time”|
|Cable/Wireless Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|1.||Time Warner||Awaiting response|
|Consumer-related Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|3.||Best Buy||No||No plans at this time|
|4.||General Mills||Awaiting response|
|5.||Levi’s||No||No plans at this time|
|7.||Eastman Kodak||Awaiting response|
|9.||Texas Instruments||Awaiting response|
|10.||The New York Times||No||No|
|Nonprofit Organizations||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|2.||Unitarian Universalist Association||Yes (since 1994)|
|Consulting Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|1.||Bain & Co.||–||Yes, in 2011|
|2.||Boston Consulting Group||–||Yes, probably in 2011|
|3.||Ernst & Young||No||Currently evaluating|
|6.||KPMG||No||Declined to comment|
|Drug and Medical Companies||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|3.||GlaxoSmithKline||Awaiting response||Awaiting response|
|Plans to Adopt |
|2.||Marriott||No||No current plans|
|3.||American Airlines||Awaiting response|
|4.||Delta Airlines||Awaiting response|
|Law Firms||Reimburses Now||Plans to Adopt Policy|
|1.||Morrison & Foerster||–||Yes, in 2011|
|2.||McDermott, Will & Emery||–||Yes, in 2011|
|3.||Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft||Yes, since ‘99|
|3.||Bingham McCutchen||–||Yes, in 2011|
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