Quarles & Brady Announces Enhanced Benefits Policy for Same-Sex Domestic Partners03/07/12
CHICAGO, IL. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that they will be changing their domestic partner benefits policy in regard to same-sex domestic partners. While Quarles & Brady already included same-sex domestic partners in health care coverage, this change eliminates the additional costs that are borne by an employee whose same-sex domestic partner is covered under Quarles & Brady's health care insurance. As a result of tax laws, health insurance coverage costs more for domestic partners than married couples. The Firm has reviewed this situation and determined that it is inequitable. Starting last month, Quarles & Brady provided a salary "gross up" in an amount sufficient to reimburse an employee in a same-sex domestic partnership for the additional taxes. This adjustment will be made for same-sex couples only, since these couples do not have the option to be married in the eyes of the Federal government and the IRS. George Marek, a Partner at Quarles & Brady stated, "As the LGBT affinity group leader, I am very proud of the Firm's ongoing efforts to maintain an inclusive environment as it pertains to race, gender and sexual orientation. That is the goal of our new policy and one that we feel is both necessary and fair."
The revised policy is consistent with the Firm's commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace -- one that will help recruit, develop and retain top talent. While the Firm has determined that this is the right decision for their workplace and their employees, they want to point out that Quarles & Brady is not alone in implementing this policy. A number of major law firms have the same policy and a recent New York Times survey of major U.S. companies shows that increasing numbers of employers have also implemented a "gross up" policy for same-sex domestic partner health care. John Daniels Jr., the Chairman of Quarles & Brady, added, "This new policy is yet another example of our continuing growth as an institution where every person counts, every day."
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