Date: Wed, 06 Nov 96 08:02:22
Subject: New DP Benefits!!!!!!

Thank you Liz! Add us to your list!

The company I work for, the American Institutes for Research, just made the decision to make Domestic Partner Benefits available to gay/lesbian and heterosexual domestic partners as of 1/1/97.

We are a not-for-profit research institution with offices in Washington, DC and Palo Alto, CA, as well as a couple small satellite offices. The process we went through was very simple. I gathered up a tremendous amount of information from Common Ground and this list, read Liz's book and then gave everything I had gathered to the director of HR. We met, talked, and she took it all the way, got the information the company needed, and then (about 4 months later) our Interoffice Council was given a summary of the issues, met, and voted yes, then the board approved the change - very smooth process.

Couples wishing to get these benefits will have to sign an affidavit saying they have been together 12 months and have shared a dwelling and finances.

Let me know if you need any more information.