August 20, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Despite the
increased coverage devoted to same-sex benefit policies,
human resource departments have not had a flood of questions
coming from their workforce.
Only 15% of HR professionals said inquires about
same-sex benefits have increased within the past six
By comparison, 20% have noticed an increase in the number
of inquiries regarding opposite-sex domestic partner
benefits, according to a poll conducted by the Society for
Human Resource Management (SHRM).
HR departments are not just sitting on their hands
waiting for the dam to burst, however.
Twenty-six percent of the respondents said their
organizations have a plan in place to address employees'
inquiries about same-sex marriage benefits.
Additionally, SHRM found 27% of organizations currently
offer same-sex domestic partner benefits, and another 2%
said their company plans to offer the benefits in the