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  •  On the health insurance coverage (1+ / 0-)
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    When you say the corporations are "eating the additional cost" it must only be in premium because even if DOMA is overturned, as long as civil unions aren't treated the same as marriage there are still issues:

    1. The company cannot take a tax deduction for the portion of the cost of any benefit given to the employee's civil union partner.

    2. The value of that benefit coverage for a civil union partner must still be included in the employee's W-2 as taxable income.

    That's how it is now for those married same sex couples and it seems that's how it would remain for those in civil unions.

    •  Yup, each state's issues are different. (2+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like you know more than me so I'll definitely defer to you on the specifics but California presents unique problems - we've got legally married people, post-Prop 8 civil unioned people, out-of-state domestic partnerships, Canadian marriages if the company brought in talent from BC etc... I don't know the specifics at all of how tech companies handle it, just know that it's become common for companies in the Bay Area that offer strong benefits packages to absorb some of those costs both as a matter of ethics and as a way to attract and keep talent.  But you're absolutely right, every couple presents unique problems and the companies can't always totally eliminate the potential tax penalties, particularly vis-a-vis earned income.  I think a common cost that they do eat is, for instance, insurance companies not giving family discounts because the couple isn't actually married, that sort of thing - that's what I commonly heard about.  But I'm no longer in CA so I'm not up on the latest on these things.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:38:44 PM PDT

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