Partner Benefits Waning
Domestic partner benefits are being phased out. A growing
number of companies are requiring same-sex couples to be
married before an employee’s partner can receive health care
benefits, according to the findings of a recent survey from the
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).
Following a seminal 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that
legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, many
employers amended their policies regarding civil unions and
• Civil unions. From 2014 to 2016, the percentage of companies that provided benefits to same-sex partners in legally recognized civil unions fell from 51 percent to 31 percent. Most
states that previously registered civil unions stopped doing so
after the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
• Same-sex domestic partners. The percentage of companies
that provided benefits to same-sex domestic partners fell from
59 percent to 48 percent during the same period.
This rollback in coverage is hardly a surprise. Employers are merely staying true to their word. Immediately after
the Supreme Court ruling, IFEBP found that 3 in 10 employers were likely to discontinue providing benefits to same-sex
domestic partners. (Larger employers with 10,000 or more
workers are more likely to still provide health care benefits to
both same-sex and opposite-sex partners.)
Today, most companies are offering parity in workplace
benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
That eases the administrative burden of providing domestic
partner benefits. “Now that same-sex marriage is legal in all
50 states, most companies do not differentiate between types
of spouses,” said Todd Solomon, a partner with McDermott
Will & Emery.
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Intern Wages Still Below
Despite some recent growth, interns working toward a bachelor’s degree earned less in 2017 than they did in 2010 when
their salaries were adjusted for inflation.
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers.
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