Domestic Partnerships

Coverage for domestic partners and children of domestic partners is offered on the same terms as for other city employees. To qualify, you must be benefit eligible, satisfy certain criteria and have been in the relationship for six months or more and complete an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership available in Human Resources. Benefits included are health insurance, dental insurance, family and medical leave, and sick and bereavement leave.

What is a Domestic Partner?
Also known as a "spousal equivalent," a domestic partner is a person of the same or the opposite sex with whom an employee has a long-term intimate and committed relationship. Both parties must be 18 years of age, competent to contract and be each other's only mate. Neither partner can be married to anyone else and cannot be blood-related to the degree that legally prohibits marriage. Domestic partners must live together at the same permanent residence, be jointly responsible for each other’s common welfare, and be financially interdependent.

Qualifications
In order to qualify for benefits you must be benefit eligible, satisfy the criteria listed above and have been in this relationship for six continuous months or more. The employee must not have signed a domestic partner affidavit with any other partner within the last six months. Both you and your partner would need to sign an affidavit to this effect and be able to provide proof of a financially interdependent relationship such as a joint bank account, joint lease or mortgage or joint ownership of property.

Benefits Available
Coverage for domestic partners and children of domestic partners are on the same terms as for other city employees. Benefits included are health insurance, dental insurance, family and medical leave, and sick and bereavement leave.

Cost of Coverage
The cost for health and dental insurance will be consistent with our current two-person and family rates; however, because domestic partners are not recognized by the Internal Revenue Service, the weekly deductions for domestic partners and their children must be taken on a post-tax basis. If you currently carry pretax benefits for your children, that portion of the benefits would remain pretax.

The city's contribution to health insurance for the domestic partner and children of the domestic partner is considered imputed income and will be calculated into the employee's gross earnings as taxable wages.

How to Enroll
First complete the Domestic Partner Affidavit and attach the completed enrollment forms for which you are requesting coverage. Return them to Janice Kimball or Elizabeth Morgan in Human Resources. If you meet the domestic partner criteria, the benefits staff will approve your request and process the enrollment forms for coverage effective the first of the following month after approval of the affidavit.

Misrepresentation of information given in the affidavit may result in disciplinary action and domestic partners and the child / children of the domestic partner will not be offered continuation of coverage under COBRA.