Concerns over a new benefit that is not offered to same-sex
domestic partners of employees dominated discussion at the latest
LGBT commission meeting, Oct. 22 in 400 Administration.
In 2003, Emory is offering a new long-term care policy for regular
Emory employees who work at least 20 hours a week and their family
members between the ages of 18 and 80. The policy, however, is not
open to same-sex domestic partners (who are eligible for other types
of University-provided benefits) because of state regulations.
Several commission members questioned whether Georgia has such a
regulation. One exists, but after conversations between commission
representatives, Unum-Provident (the provider) and Human Resources
on Oct. 30, it was agreed that same-sex domestic partners would
be eligible for long-term care with the same requirements that are
necessary of employee spouses, parents, in-laws and the like. Same-sex
domestic partners also are eligible for life insurance and personal
accident insurance. Communication between the commission and HR
about other benefits issues for same-sex domestic partners will
In officer elections, Jeff Martin, manager of meeting services in
the Dobbs Center, was chosen as chair-elect; Bill Thompson from
Facilities Management was picked to be treasurer; and it was decided
that the office of secretary would rotate to a new member each month.
Thompson also volunteered to serve as commission liaison to Employee
Council. Student representative Julius Jessup agreed to serve as
liaison to the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities.
The representative to the President’s Commission on the Status
of Women has yet to be filled.
In other business, the commission voted to fund several activities;
one was travel for representatives to an LGBT student conference
in Portland, Ore. Two scholarships were funded for a diversity workshop
that was held on campus Nov. 1–3. Money (along with cosponsorship)
was given to a pair of campus events: the colloquium “Homoeroticism
in Modern Hebrew Literature, 1880–2000” and an Emory
Pride forum on homophobia in the African American community and
racism in the gay community.
The next LGBT commission meeting will be held Nov. 19 in 400 Administration.
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