Things may have changed in the past several years (used to be a Benefits Administrator) as far as IRS requirements for Member of Household coverage, but it used to be based on tax filing status (dependent/not a dependent) and status of an adult sharing the same household and at least 50% of the household's financial responsibility. The affadavit used by my company required notorized signing of shared financial responsibility, and document proving residence (such as a bill with the address and name of the other party). My roommate was my MOH for years.
The actual Affadavit form states DP applicants must be registered "where allowed by state or local law"
It goes on to say if no such registration is available both must:
*be of the same sex
*be jointly responsible for household expenses, or employee must support partner "partner is chiefly dependent upon"
*neither be married to anyone else, legally separated, or have any other partner
*not related by blood closer than permitted by state law
*in a committed relationship
*both at least 21yo
*have lived together for at least one year and "intend to do so indefintely"
I still don't see how these terms can exclude opposite sex partners fulfilling the same requirements and be legal.
Can someone 'splain?
*friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon: Steppin' Out 1988-2004 Hey Vern! 1982-2009 Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
My company's DP policy states that if marriage is legal in the jurisdiction, then domestic partners must be married to qualify. Since opposite sex marriage is legal everywhere, that clause limits the DP coverage to same sex couples.