UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 07-06-08

CATEGORY:              PERSONNEL
SECTION:                  Employee Support
SUBJECT:                 Domestic Partner Benefits
EFFECTIVE DATE:   October 15, 2014 Revised
PAGE(S):                   2

I.    SCOPE

      This policy established specific in-house benefits extended to domestic partners of

      University faculty, staff, graduate students, and others with eligible academic appointments,

      and includes requirements for certifying domestic partnerships and criteria for determining

      eligibility for the benefits.

II.   POLICY

      Certification of Domestic Partnerships

      A domestic partnership, for purposes of this policy, is defined as a committed relationship

      between two adults of the same or opposite sex, which meets the criteria described in the

      University of Pittsburgh Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.  Documentation may be required

      to verify that the criteria are met. See Procedure 07-06-08, Domestic Partner Benefits.

      A completed and notarized Affidavit must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources,

      Benefits Department, as appropriate.  The information will be used by the University for the

      sole purpose of determining eligibility for domestic partner benefits and will be treated as

      strictly confidential insofar as the law allows.

      Benefits

      The following benefits are extended to certified domestic partners of eligible faculty and

      staff:

      -     Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account)

      -     Educational Benefits

      -     Dependent Life Insurance


      The following benefits are extended to certified domestic partners of eligible graduate

      students and others with eligible academic appointments:

      -     Health Insurance (medical, dental and vision)

      Eligibility of faculty, staff, graduate students and others with eligible academic appointments,

      and terms and conditions of the above benefits are governed by the current University

      policies regarding provision of those benefits to spouses.

      Within 30 days of the dissolution of a certified domestic partnership, the faculty or staff

      member, graduate student or other with eligible academic appointment must provide a

      Statement of Termination of Domestic Partner Status to the Office of Human Resources,

      Benefits Department.  Submission of this form will terminate all University benefits for the

      former partner.  Another Affidavit of Domestic Partnership cannot be filed until one year

      after receipt of such notification by the University.

 

      Employee Bereavement Leave

      -     Regular Full-Time Employees - Regular full-time staff members are eligible for a paid

            leave of five working days in the event of a death of a registered domestic partner or

            parent of registered domestic partner.  Bereavement leave associated with funeral

            services must be taken within seven calendar days of the death.  Any remaining part

            of bereavement leave necessary to settle family issues associated with the death may

            be taken at a later time.  You are eligible for one day of paid leave to attend the funeral

            of a sister or brother of a registered domestic partner.

      -     Regular Part-Time Employees - Regular part-time staff members will receive pay for

            bereavement leave prorated to the staff member's percent of effort worked.  These

            days must be taken within seven calendar days of the death as defined above.

III.  REFERENCES

      Procedure 07-06-08, Domestic Partner Benefits

      Policy 02-07-01, Employee/Spouse/Dependent Scholarships for Faculty

      Policy 07-11-01, Employee/Spouse/Dependent Scholarships for Staff