On July 1, the city of Madison’s equal benefits ordinance went into effect. The purpose of the new law is to ensure that city funds are spent on employers that offer benefits to all employees, including employees in domestic partnerships. The law requires any covered employer entering into or renewing a city contract to offer the same employment benefits for employees whether they are married or in a domestic partnership.
Diane Hamilton, PCC, SPHR, is the owner and founder of Calibra, a coaching and consulting firm focused on maximizing leadership potential. Nilesh Patel is the principal attorney of the Mahadev Law Group, LLC, which focuses on human resources and employment law issues for organizations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both bloggers are members of Wisconsin SHRM, which is dedicated to being the state leader in HR management and the premier source for HR expertise and resources. More information can be found at www.wishrm.org. You can follow the WI SHRM blog at http://wishrm.wordpress.com.