Skip to comments.Wal-Mart to Offer Health Benefits to Domestic Partners of U.S. Workers
Posted on 08/27/2013 12:53:17 PM PDT by Alter Kaker
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told workers this week that it will begin offering health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of U.S. employees next year.
The extension of health benefits marks a major change for the countrys largest private employer of 1.3 million U.S. workers, which has been targeted by gay-rights advocacy groups for failing to do so.
The move comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law.
Rather than go state by state, Wal-Mart decided to adopt a blanket approach to ensure consistent treatment of its employees, spokesman Randy Hargrove said.
Nearly two-thirds of the Fortune 500 firmsincluding General Electric Co. and General Motors Co.offer such benefits, according to a recent analysis by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights advocacy group.
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... but not if they work less than 29 hours!
What a mess.
Is the 29 hours thing Wal-Mart’s fault or Obama’s?
Ok, whiplash: I thought the libs were telling us that Wal-Mart doesn’t offer health care bennies?
It would be interesting to know what percentage of the WM workforce this will apply to after the full implementation of Obamacare.
Or maybe they only offer gay healthcare.
Remember that 29 hours is the new legal definition of full-time employment under Obamacare. It's certainly not Wal-mart's doing; as to which Dem staffer put that definition in the law, I can't say.
Story last week was that UPS was DROPPING or reducing benefits to spouses
Something for all the Walmartians to keep in mind.
Obama has Walmart by the shorthairs. At any time he can send his Labor Dept. in their to audit 500,000 time cards, and smack them for a violation every time some idiot clocks out a couple minutes over.
That’s a pretty big stick.
this would be more relevant for their corporate workforce, not in-store workers.
LOL, that’s what I was thinking, when you offer very few benefits for very few people, it is easy to say such things. I am a volunteer and I regularly get my pay doubled, lol.
In what way?
But, they are cutting hours of most of their work force so they don’t have to pay into Obozocare. Does this mean that homos are not having their hours cut???
I thought that Costco was a big democrat operation, and a paid membership store, not a normal store like Walmart.
i don’t shop there anyway. one more reason NOT to go there.
Funny...all the Free Trade Commies used to knobpolish WalMart like it was the economic savior of America...Now, it will the leader in providing Homosexual benefits.
I wonder how the Free Trade Commie Pinkos gonna ‘spin and splain’ this one...
Free Trade is now also....Gay
How simply gay of them... did they tell you that no one will be working over 29 hours... part timers... and they get nothing but a paycheck.
I quit walmart when they quit on the US Constitution.
Your typical “free trader” would probably argue that you have the choice to visit Wal-Mart, or not. No need to run to Uncle Sugar, as protectionists do.
Yeah, Walmart has become the normal. I’m not familiar with Costco. Left coast?
Walmart hasn’t had many full time workers (40 hour) for many years. hussein merely legitimatized it.
Super Walmarts are grocery stores, sell guns or ammo, and are forbidden to millions of Americans as they are kept out of many major cities, Costco is a membership deal, like Sam’s Club, Costco is also very pro democrat party.
Aww ......FR fave Statist can’t explain why his economic policies are only beneficial to Gay Americans
Before we had your Marxist Free Trade....we had a lot more American companies making American products and hiring American citizens...
But..hey ....Free Trade is good for Gays....at least according to WalMart. Now I can subsidize Communist China AND insure Gays at the same time....woohoo /sarc
Free Trade is Gay
Domestic Partner <> Married.
Can an unmarried man and woman qualify as a domestic partnership?
Rumor has it that Walmart will call it QueerCare to honor His Arrogance and supporters.
Don’t care...private company...could offer death benefits to pets for all I care...just don’t have the gubmint make people and companies do it.
Will they have to raise their everyday low prices on the crap nobody wants to buy and raise the higher priced crap even higher?
Folks from K street wrote obamacare.
They can always claim they’re married. I’ve had many jobs and have put my wives on my insurance and sometimes I was on theirs. I’ve never been asked to provide a copy of a marriage license.
“Can an unmarried man and woman qualify as a domestic partnership?”
Yes. This will affect many more unmarried heterosexual couples than homosexual couples. My employer now offers “soft” benefits (not health insurance) to domestic partners of its workers. It has resisted extending all benefits to domestic partners because of the cost. One estimate I have read is there would be five times more heterosexual couples than homosexual couples that would have to be covered if benefits were extended to all domestic partners.
I've occasionally had to provide a copy (sometimes an official one with a raised seal) of my marriage license when I put my wife on my insurance. My current employer didn't require documentation, and a recent audit found rampant fraud. Approximately 10% of all spousal coverage claims were discovered to be bogus.
Probably policy set in a personel department by a female with a degree in womyn’s studies.