Walmart Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Partners
Biggest US employer wants 1 policy for all states
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2013 3:31 AM CDT
Walmart has around 1.3 million full-time and part-time US workers.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Walmart is extending its health care benefits to its workers' domestic partners—including those of the same sex. America's largest private-sector employer, which has long been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they call skimpy wages and benefits, says the changes were made so it could have one uniform policy for all 50 states at a time when some states have their own definitions of what constitutes domestic partnerships and civil unions. Almost two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies already offer domestic partner benefits.

Walmart defines domestic partners as spouses of the same or opposite gender, and unmarried partners who are not legally separated who have lived together for at least 12 months, are not married to anyone else, are in an exclusive relationship, and plan to continue sharing a household indefinitely, a spokesman says. "States have different definitions," he says. "We are going to have our own definition that will apply to our associates." The move follows June's Supreme Court decision to overturn a 1996 law that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

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freemason33
Aug 28, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
The 16 AMENDMENT IS A FRAUD! Taxes taken out from your checks is unconstitutional because YOU ARE NOT A LOUD TO TAX ON LABOR!!! The constitution was made up just to control you, just like religion!!!!!!! CEO'S MAKES 273 TIME MORE THAN THE EMPLOYEES!!!!! USA has more Germans than any other nationality! There are more than 60 millions Germans in the USA... Meaning, this is Germany!! Hitler peoples are doing the same thing here like they did in Germany. They are the Rothschild!! Rothschild are connected to the Draconians from the draco galaxy, which they call the cat eye and the Freemason refers it as the ALL SEEING EYE!!!! Look humans, sheep, puppets, machines, junk DNA, whatever they refer you as please wake up!!! Here's are those who has been manipulation humanity over 25,000 years ago since the Lucifer/Head Draco rebellion... they are the followers and workers of the 13 bloodlines, G3 Free Trade Agreement, Group of two,Group of four, Group of six, Group of seven, Group of eight, Major Economies, G8 Summit resorts, Group of nine, The Next Eleven, The Melanesian Spearhead Group, The Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the gulf, Mercosur or Mercosul, MIKT, The African Union, The Commonwealth of Nations, Trilateral summits, The CCTS- Cooperation Council of the Turkic speaking States, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, The United Nations, The Union for the Mediterranean and The Union of American Nations...FOR THOSE THAT THINK THIS IS A JOKE GOOGLE OR BING IT AND I BET NOBODY CAN PROVE ME WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EDUCATED YOURSELF RETARDS BEFORE AMERICA STARTS WORLD WAR 3 WITH CHINA AND RUSSIA!!!!!
LoginsSuck
Aug 28, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
Wow, what is in it for them. There is always a rea$on.
Beetsnow
Aug 28, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
Walmart needs to PAY people more. First you get to survive later you MIGHT get some help with the medical bills...but chances are your survival needs are paramount. A divisive and snide "concession" from the ultra corporate-abuser of planet Earth.