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City To Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

Friday July 15, 2011

Mayor Fischer signs order, effective July 1, 2012

Saying it’s the right and fair thing to do, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an order extending domestic partner benefits to city employees starting July 1, 2012.

“Louisville is a thriving, diverse 21st Century city,” Fischer said. “We must value all employees, and all families, equally.”

Fischer noted that many Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits and many local companies and organizations do also, from Humana to Brown-Forman to the University of Louisville.

“If Metro Government is to attract the best and brightest talent, it must offer benefits that are competitive with the private sector,” Fischer said.

The mayor said many people within and outside city government had been working for years to extend domestic partner benefits, but he especially thanked Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh for her leadership on the issue.

“We are here today in part because Tina made this a priority since 1999, when she was first elected to the former Board of Alderman,” Fischer said.

The domestic partner benefit applies to medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for qualified adults, defined as someone over 18 years of age and not eligible for Medicare.

The partner must be residing in the employee’s household for least nine months. Couples also must be financially interdependent for nine months or longer and must provide evidence, such as joint checking accounts, joint mortgage, joint utility billing statement, and/or joint apartment lease.