Saturday, July 08, 2006

Morrissey Blvd. Watercooler News

In today's Boston Herald is a story on a new Globe personnel policy that requires same-sex partners of Globe employees who are receiving benefits to either marry by January 1 or lose their benefits at the employee rate:
"Now that gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts companies that offer benefits to gay employees’ partners risk hearing cries of discrimination from unmarried straight couples. Such concerns played a role in the policy change at the Globe, said Steve Behenna, the newspaper’s compensation and benefits director. The Globe does not extend benefits to live-in partners of its heterosexual employees. Like many companies, it offered benefits to partners of gay employees because marriage was not an option for them. Now that gay marriage is an option in Massachusetts, Behenna said the paper could be more susceptible to claims of discrimination.
Makes sense to me.

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