Specifics of coverage and administration vary by company, but each expects coverage to be available by August 1. Cost estimates have reportedly been based on assumptions that about 1% of the American workforce is assumed to be homosexual.
According to the joint press release, employees will be required to show their domestic partner relationship meets eligibility requirements, including:
- being of the same sex and
- having shared a “committed relationship” for a minimum of six months.
Opposite sex domestic partners are not eligible.
According to the 2000 Society for Human Resource Management Benefits Survey, 10% of HR professionals say their organizations offer domestic partner benefits. Twenty-one percent of those with more than 5,000 employees currently offer those benefits, while only 5% of employers with less than 100 employees are so inclined.