Town of Palm Beach approves domestic partner benefits

PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Town Council of Palm Beach approved to extend domestic partner benefits to all their employees.

Beginning in January 2014, Town of Palm Beach employees will be able to ensure their domestic partners for health and dental insurance coverage.  They will also have access to the employee assistance programs and be eligible for bereavement leave, illness in the immediate family leave, family and medical leave and domestic violence leave.

The town estimates adding domestic partner benefits will cost an additional $72,000. In order to be eligible for benefits, employees will have to provide proof they are in a committed relationship and register with the county. - See more at: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/council-approves-domestic-partner-benefits/nZPBj/#sthash.mZdGbdzc.dpuf
The town estimates adding domestic partner benefits will cost an additional $72,000. In order to be eligible for benefits, employees will have to provide proof they are in a committed relationship and register with the county. - See more at: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/council-approves-domestic-partner-benefits/nZPBj/#sthash.mZdGbdzc.dpuf

According to the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council for the past six years, they have urged the Palm Beach Town Council members to implement domestic partnership benefits for municipal employees. 

The projected cost for the Town of Palm Beach for domestic partnership benefits will be $72,510.

"Once again, elected officials in Palm Beach County have looked beyond simple dollars and cents and have taken steps to equalize family benefits for their gay and lesbian employees," said Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council in a release.

Domestic partnership benefits are currently offered by the municipalities of Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and West Palm Beach, as well as by Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District, the Port of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Health Care District, Palm Beach State College, the Children's Services Council, Palm Tran, Seacoast Utility Authority,  the Solid Waste Authority and all five of Palm Beach County's constitutional officers, according to data released from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

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