Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Outagamie County Drags Its Feet on Domestic Partner Benefits for County Employees

The City of Appleton approved domestic benefits for its non-union employees nearly 2 years ago.

Outagamie going slowly on domestic partner benefits.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 8/13/2013)

Excerpt:    Outagamie County supervisors are taking a deliberative approach to Executive Thomas Nelson’s proposal to extend benefits to the domestic partners of employees. 

The county’s Legislative/Audit and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday postponed a decision on whether to send the proposal to the County Board for a vote. 

The committee will revisit the issue later this month. When Nelson introduced the proposal in July, he touted it as a way to stay competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees.

Retiring Guy notes that at least one supervisor seems intent on blocking this proposal,

Photo credit:  Outagamie County

Pleuss is also concerned about the "potential for abuse" and, as the above quote illustrates, sees a "moral element" here that needs to be defended.

Perhaps none of this is all that surprising.

On the other hand, maybe Jim should take a look at this list:  Wisconsin Employers Offering Domestic Partner Benefits. (Fair Wisconsin)

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