Rhode Island Domestic Partner Benefits laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Domestic Relations Law provides legal recognition of same-sex marriages (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 15-1-1 et seq.). Any two persons who are otherwise eligible to marry under the law may be legally married, regardless of gender. Any terms used in state laws, regulations, or rules that relate to marriage will apply equally to a same-sex marriage.
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In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015)).
A couple in an existing same-sex civil union may obtain a marriage license and have the civil union legally designated as a marriage. The effective date of the marriage is the date the marriage certificate is recorded in the town clerk's office. A couple may choose to continue their civil union instead of having it legally designated as a marriage. Civil union licenses are not available after August 1, 2013.
Reciprocity. A legal union other than a marriage that is entered into in another jurisdiction and provides substantially the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as a marriage is afforded the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as a valid marriage in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exception applies (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1 et seq.). The law applies to all public employers and to private employers with four or more employees.
Health insurance. Self-funded health insurance plans are ...

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