Agenda Item SA
June 28, 2016
Action
MEMORANDUM
June 24, 2016
TO:
County Council
FROM:
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Attomey~
SUBJECT:
Action:
Bill 16-16, Personnel
Repeal
Benefits for Domestic Partner of Employee ­
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3 - 0): enact
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the Bill with amendments.
Bill 16-16, Personnel - Benefits for Domestic Partner of Employee - Repeal, sponsored by
Lead Sponsor Councilmember Leventhal and Co-sponsor Councilmember Katz, was introduced
on April 19,2016. A public hearing was held on May 3 and a Government Operations and Fiscal
Policy Committee worksession was held on June 23.
Bill 16-16 would repeal the law requiring the County to provide domestic partner benefits
to eligible County employees.
Background
Bill 28-99, Personnel Benefits for Employee's Domestic Partner, enacted on November
30, 1999 and signed into law on December 3, 1999, extended health and insurance benefits to a
same-sex domestic partner of an employee. According to the legislative history, sponsors and
supporters of Bill 28-99 argued that the law was needed to correct an inequity in benefits provided
to gay and lesbian County employees, compared to other employees. They argued that it is unfair
to provide benefits for an employee's spouse but not for the partner of an employee in a long-term,
committed, same-sex relationship. This benefits inequity conflicted with the County's
longstanding law and policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Bill 28-99 was
a civil rights law introduced by Councilmembers Berlage, Subin, Andrews, and Silverman that
was enacted outside of the collective bargaining process.
Bill2S-01, Personnel- Retirement - Amendments, extended opposite sex domestic partner
benefits to members of the police bargaining unit on November 1, 2001. Bill 30-10, Personnel ­
Equal Benefits - Fire and Rescue Employees, extended opposite sex domestic partner benefits to
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members of the fire and rescue bargaining unit. Each of these laws was enacted at a time when
same-sex marriage was prohibited in Maryland. Maryland began to recognize same-sex marriage
on January 1,2013.
The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland created a new inequity for employers
who provided domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples only. Governor O'Malley resolved
this inequity by eliminating all domestic partner benefits for State employees soon after the State
legalized same-sex marriages. Although Maryland began recognizing same-sex marriages in
2013, many States did not. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the right to marry is a
fundamental right that must be provided to same-sex couples in
Obergefell
v.
Hodges,
135 S.Ct.
2584 (2015). Speaking for the Court, Justice Kennedy said:
These considerations lead to the conclusion that the right to marry is a fundamental
right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal
Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not
be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex
couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. 135 S.Ct. at 2604-2605.
The
Obergefell
case again changed the legal framework underlying the County's domestic
partner benefits law. Except for members of the police and fire bargaining units, a County
employee with a same-sex domestic partner can obtain health and insurance benefits for a partner
without marriage and an employee with a domestic partner of the opposite sex must marry his or
her domestic partner to obtain these benefits. The original purpose ofthe domestic partner benefits
law no longer applies because same-sex couples are guaranteed the right to marry in all States.
Many States have reacted to this change in law by eliminating all domestic partner benefits.
See the
Stateline
article reviewing these reactions at ©8-13. In addition to the State of Maryland,
the Montgomery County Board of Education eliminated all domestic partner benefits for its
employees after same-sex marriage was legalized in Maryland. Howard County did the same for
its employees. Prince George's County never provided domestic partner benefits for its
employees.
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In contrast to this trend to eliminate domestic partner benefits, the Executive
submitted a Bill to the Council, introduced as Bill 13-16 on April 12, that would provide opposite
sex domestic partner benefits to employees represented by MCGEO and unrepresented employees,
Bill 16-16 would resolve this inequity by eliminating domestic partner benefits for all County
employees. The Bill would permit an employee or retiree who is receiving or has applied for
domestic partner benefits on or before April 19, 2016 to continue to receive these benefits.
Lead Sponsor Councilmember Leventhal explained his reasons for introducing this Bill
and related Bill 17-16 repealing the equal benefits law for County contractors in an April 13
memorandum at ©7.
The District of Columbia continues to provide domestic partner benefits for its employees, including opposite sex
domestic partner benefits.
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Council Resolutions No. 18-461 and No. 18-475
On April 26, 2016, the Council adopted Resolution No. 18-461 indicating its intent to
approve or reject provisions of the MCGEO collective bargaining agreement subject to Council
review. The Council indicated its intent to reject the provision in the MCGEO agreement that
would require the expansion of domestic partner benefits to opposite sex couples. See © 14-16.
The Executive and MCGEO submitted a revised agreement that delayed the starting date for a
negotiated second service increment, but did not attempt to add back the provision extending
domestic partner benefits to opposite sex couples. On May 16, 2016, the Council rejected this
provision of the agreement in Resolution No. 18-475. See ©17-20.
Public Hearing
The Council held a public hearing on Bill 16-16 on May 3, 2016. Both Jeff BuddIe,
President ofIAFF Local 1664, and Torrie Cooke, President of FOP Lodge 35 opposed the Bill.
Each union president argued that health benefits are subject to collective bargaining and that the
appropriate method of modifYing these benefits for bargaining unit members is through collective
bargaining.
GO Committee Worksession
Councilmember George Leventhal also attended the worksession. Jeff Buddie, IAFF Local
1664 President, answered questions. Robert Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney, represented
the Council staff. The Committee discussed the history of the same sex domestic partner benefits
law and the amendments negotiated by the IAFF and the FOP to extend these benefits to opposite
sex couples. Mr. BuddIe asked the Council to reject this Bill and permit the parties to discuss it in
collective bargaining negotiations this fall. In the alternative, Mr. Buddie asked the Committee to
amend the grandfather clause to permit these benefits for all current employees.
The Committee (3-0) amended the grandfather clause in the Bill to permit a current
employee who is currently receiving these benefits or who applies for these benefits before the
date of enactment to continue to receive these benefits. The Committee recommended (3-0) to
enact the Bill with this amendment.
Issues
1.
Does the Council have the authority under the collective bargaining law to repeal domestic
partner benefits outside of collective bargaining?
The Court of Appeals recently confirmed that the Council retains the authority to reject
provisions of a negotiated collective bargaining agreement subject to its review outside of the
bargaining process in
Fraternal Order ofPolice, Lodge
35 v.
Montgomery County,
437 Md. 618
(2014). The Court held that the Council had the authority to modify the health insurance provisions
in the collective bargaining agreement to save money without bargaining with the union
representing the employees. In this case, the repeal of the domestic partner benefits for these
employees is estimated to save the County $215,882 over the next 6 fiscal years. See the Fiscal
and Economic Impact Statement at ©21-25.
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2. How many employees are currently receiving domestic partner benefits?
There are 125 County employees and retirees currently receiving domestic partner benefits.
Thirty-seven are same sex couples and 88 are opposite sex couples. Only 5 of the 62 members of
the fire and rescue bargaining unit receiving domestic partner benefits
are
same sex couples. A
chart prepared by the Office of Human Resources is at ©26.
3. How would the Bill affect employees who are currently receiving domestic partner
benefits?
Bill 16-16, as introduced, contains a grandfather clause that would permit an employee
who is currently receiving domestic partner benefits or who has applied for these benefits before
April 19, 2016 to continue to receive these benefits. IAFF President Jeff BuddIe asked the
Committee to amend the Bill to only apply to new employees hired after the effective date.
Committee members did not want current employees to be able to apply for these benefits after
the enactment of the Bill. Committee recommendation
(3-0):
amend the Bill to permit a current
employee to apply for benefits before the date of enactment.
4. Should the Council repeal domestic partner benefits for County employees?
The original purpose of the law was to extend these "marriage benefits" to same sex
couples who were unable to obtain them because same sex marriage was not recognized in
Maryland. Since same sex marriage was recognized in Maryland in 2013 and the Supreme Court
extended the right of a same sex couple to marry throughout the nation in 2015, the original
purpose of the law has evaporated. The extension of domestic partner benefits to opposite sex
couples was an attempt to re-create a level playing field for opposite sex couples who declined to
get married. In 2016, the continuation of the domestic partner benefits is no longer necessary to
ensure that same sex or opposite sex couples can extend benefits to their partner. Committee
recommendation
(3-0):
enact the Bill with the amendment described above.
This packet contains:
Bill 16-16
Legislative Request Report
Councilmember Leventhal April 13 Memorandum
Stateline, September
l'1,
2015
Resolution No. 18-461
Resolution No. 18-475
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
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Concerning: Personnel - Benefits for
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Repeal
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Introduced: April 19, 2016
Expires:
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Leventhal and Co-Sponsor: Councilmember Katz
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
repeal the law requiring the County to provide domestic partner benefits for certain
employees; and
generally amend the law regarding benefits for domestic partners.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Sections 33-22
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Heading or defined term.
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec.
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Section 33-22 is amended as follows:
33-22. [Benefits for Domestic Partner of Employee.] Reserved.
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Findings and purpose.
The County has a longstanding policy, in law
and practice, against employment discrimination based on sexual
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The County believes it is unfair to treat employees
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differently based solely on whether the employee's partner is legally
recognized as a spouse.
The County finds that many private and public employees provide or
plan to provide benefits for the domestic partners of their employees.
Providing domestic partner benefits will significantly enhance the
County's ability to recruit and retain highly qualified employees and
will promote employee loyalty and workplace diversity.]
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General rule.
Any benefit the County provides for the spouse
(including "widow" or other equivalent term) of a County employee or
the spouse's dependents must be provided, in the same manner and to
the same extent, for the domestic partner of a County employee and the
partner's dependents, respectively. Benefits provided to an employee's
domestic partner or partner's dependent must include benefits
equivalent to those available for an employee's spouse or spouse's
dependent under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
of 1985 (COBRA), the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and
other federal laws that apply to County employment benefits.]
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Requirements for domestic partnership.
To establish a domestic
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partnership, the employee and the employee's partner must either:
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be the same sex, unless the employee is a member of the
police bargaining unit or the fire and rescue employee
bargaining unit;
share a close personal relationship and be responsible for
each other's welfare;
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have shared the same legal residence for at least 12
months;
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be at least 18 years old;
have voluntarily consented to the relationship, without
fraud or duress;
not be married to, or in a domestic partnership with, any
other person;
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not be related by blood or affinity in a way that would
disqualifY them from marriage under State law if the
employee and partner were (or, for members of the police
bargaining unit or the fire and rescue services bargaining
unit, are) opposite sexes;
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be legally competent to contract; and
share sufficient financial and legal obligations to satisfy
subsection (d)(2); or
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legally register the domestic partnership, if:
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a domestic partnership registration system exists in the
jurisdiction where the employee resides; and
the Director ofHuman Resources determines that the legal
requirements for registration are substantially similar to
the requirements of this Section.]
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Evidence of domestic partnership. The employee must provide, in a
form acceptable to the Office of Human Resources, the following:
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either:
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an affidavit signed by both the employee and the
employee's partner under penalty of perjury declaring that
they satisfy the requirements of subsection (c )( 1); or
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an official copy of the domestic partnership registration
described in subsection (c )(2); and
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evidence that the employee and partner share items described in
at least 2 of the following subparagraphs:
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a joint housing lease, mortgage, or deed;
joint ownership of a motor vehicle;
ajoint checking or credit account;
designation of the partner as a primary beneficiary of the
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This paragraph does not apply to a qualified, registered domestic
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Termination of domestic partnership. An employee must notify the
Director of Human Resources within 30 days after:
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termination of the domestic partnership by death or dissolution;
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any other change in circumstances that disqualifies the
relationship as a domestic partnership under this Section.
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When the domestic partnership ends, the Director must terminate or
continue any benefit in the same manner and to the same extent that the
County terminates or continues, respectively, the benefit for a former
spouse in equivalent circumstances (such as dissolution ofa partnership
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Sec. 2. Transition.
The amendments to Section 33-22 made in Section 1 do not apply to an
employee or retiree who is receiving domestic partner benefits or has applied for
domestic partner benefits before [[April 19, 2016]] June 28.2016.
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 16-16
Personnel
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Benefits for Domestic Partner ofEmployee
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Repeal
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 16-16 would repeal the law requiring the County to provide
domestic partner health and retirement benefits for all County
employees.
The domestic partner benefit law was intended as a civil rights law to
provide a County employee with the right to add a same-sex domestic
partner to the County group health and retirement benefits in an era
when same-sex marriage was not recognized in Maryland. Same-sex
marriage is now recognized in all 50 States pursuant to a recent
decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eliminate domestic partner benefits for County employees.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION: Office of Human Resources and Finance
FISCAL IMPACT: Office ofManagement and Budget
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
Office of Finance
N/A
Maryland and the MCPS have eliminated domestic partner benefits
for their employees.
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
N/A
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MONTGOMERY
COUNTY
COUNCil
ROCKVILLE,
MARYL.AND
GEORGE LEVENTHAL
COUNCILMEMBER
MEMORANDUM
April
13, 2016
Council members
AT-LARGE
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT: ..
George L. Leventhal
C/j..,
Bills for introduction re: domestic partner benefits
Dear Colleagues,
I will be introducing the two attached bills and welcome your co-sponsorship.
At the request ofthe County Executive, legislation was introduced this week to extend
domestic partner benefits to all county employees.
I
can't go along with this in
2016.
The
county has provided health benefits to members of the police union who register as non­
married domestic partners (regard I.ess of whether they are straight or gay or lesbian) since
2001,
and
to
members ofthe firefighters' union since
2010.
This bill would expand the benefit
to members of MCGEO, the Montgomery County Government Employee Organization.
I strongly support marriage equality, and it makes perfect sense to me that when marriage
became legal in Maryland for gays andlesbiansi former Governor O'Malley eliminated domestic;:
partner benefits for
all
state employees, and Montgomery County Public Schools eliminated
them for MCPS employees. Mr. leggett's bill, which I oppose, goes in the opposite direction,
extending health benefits to non-married employees who live together at an estimated cost to
taxpayers of $4.8 million over the next six years.
Domestic partner benefits made sense when marriage was illegal for gays and lesbians, but
they don't make sense today. We should recognize that times have changed and taxpayers
should not have to continue paying the cost of an historic a.rtifact. I am strongly commItted to
universa.1 access to health care but this can be achieved through other mE!ans, including getting
married!
The first oftlle two bills would repeal domestic partner benefits for county employees. The
second bill would repeal the law requiring a county contractor to provide same-sex domestic
partner benefits to
its
employees,
Please let me know
if
you have questions or would like to co-sponsQreither or both bills.
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After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, States Reconsider Domestic Partner Benefits
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has some state and
local governments reconsidering their domestic partner benefits.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, some
states that offer health and retirement bene'fits to their employees' domestic partners
are considering changing those policies, in large part to save money or avoid
discrimination lawsuits.
Before the ruling, 34 percent of state and local governments allowed unmarried same­
sex couples to receive health care benefits, while 28 percent did so for domestic
partners of the opposite sex, according to a study of public sector benefits by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Based on what happened in states that legalized gay marriage on their own, those
numbers are about to dwindle.
Maryland ended domestic partner benefits for state employees, which it offered only to
same-sex couples, just a few months after it legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.
Arizona did the same after its legalization in 2014. Alaska still offers same-sex domestic
partner benefits to the roughly 6,000 state employees it covers, but it is now reviewing
that policy. The majority of Alaska state employees get their health insurance through
state-funded union health trusts, and the state's largest union, the Alaska State
Employees Association, ended same-sex domestic partner benefits for the more than
8,500 state and municipal employees it covers.
Connecticut and Delaware never offered domestic partner benefits to their workers, but
they did allow those in civil unions to add their partners to their health and retirement
plans. The two states scrapped those benefits once same-sex couples could marry.
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Of the 13 states that prohibited same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court's June·
ruling (Arkansas. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan. Mississippi, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas), only Michigan
offered anything similar to domestic partner benefits, as employees could add to their
plan one adult they were not related to. Matthew Fedorchuk with the Michigan Civil
Service Commission, which oversees state benefits, said the fate of those benefits
could be hashed out in ongoing labor negotiations.
Government workers are likely to see more changes than those in the private sector.
Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits for the Society for Human
Resource Management (SHRM), cited a survey of 153 companies by Mercer, a health
care advocacy group, which found that although some companies had plans to get rid of
their domestic partner benefits, many were not planning changes.
Of
the 19 percent that
offered domestic partner bene'fits to same-sex couples, 23 percent said they would drop
the option in the next year, while another 23 percent said they would do so over the next
two or three years. The majority of companies offered domestic partner benefits to both
homosexual and heterosexual couples, and 62 percent of those said they were not
planning any changes.
Elliott said domestic partner benefits may be more vulnerable within state and local
government, where competition over employees isn't as fierce as in the private sector
and where leaders have been under pressure to keep finances in check since the
recession.
A Question of Fairness
Cathryn Oakley, senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights
advocacy group, said the group is encouraging public and private employers to keep
offering domestic partner benefits. But she said employers that offer domestic partner
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benefits exclusively to same-sex couples should extend them to heterosexual couples
to avoid discrimination lawsuits.
That risk is part ofthe reason the capital city of Annapolis, Maryland, decided to end its
domestic partner benefit program.
"We had added it because the law didn't treat people equally," Paul Rensted, former
human resources manager for the city. said of the program, created in 2010. Now all city
employees must be married to add an adult to their benefits package, and Rensted said
couples were given six months' notice, with four employees ultimately marrying.
Many in the gay rights community say keeping domestic partner bene'fits would
continue to benefit some in the gay community as well as other non-traditional families.
But straight couples would continue to be the biggest user of the benefits, they say.
"Millennials are waiting longer to get married, but that doesn't mean they're not living
together-they're not all living with mom and dad," said SHRM's Elliott.
Nancy Polikoff, a family law professor at American University Washington College of
Law, said she likes "plus one" policies that allow employees to take care of their
families, whether it be a spouse, a partner or an aging relative.
"The purpose of providing benefits is to help employees fund the financial and
emotional obligations in their homes, and marriage is not always a part of that, she
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said.
She pOinted to Salt Lake City's plan as a model. City employees can add any adult to
their plan as long as they live together.
Jodi Langford, who oversees the benefits program for the city, said it has been used to
cover parents, siblings and unmarried children older than 26 who would otherwise age
out of their parents' health insurance plans. Of the 60 people on the plan before same-
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sex marriage was made legal, only about 10 have switched to spousal benefits.
"If we stop, we would have parents, siblings, boyfriends and girlfriends who would be
without benefits," Langford said. While the program is secure for now, she said there's
been some talk about reviewing it within the next year.
In Florida, public universities are planning to review their domestic partner benefits.
Because only spouses are eligible for state-funded benefits, state universities had to
come up with creative solutions to offer benefits to gay employees' domestic partners. It
was an anonymous gift that covered the additional cost of adding an adult beneficiary to
a health plan at Florida State University (FSU) starting in 2014, while the University of
North Florida (UNF) began covering the additional cost to employees through its
fund raising foundation in 2006.
Spokesmen for both universities said the programs played a role in attracting talent.
UNF is winding down its program, which had only been offered to same-sex couples,
said Vice President and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka.
"When we went to this, we did so on the basis that heterosexual couples had a choice
whether they wanted to marry and understood the full implication of that choice.
Homosexual couples didn't have that choice." Now that they do, Serwatka said, it
makes less sense for the university to raise private funds to pay for the benefits.
"The university wasn't trying to change the idea of marriage as the policy for the state,
and state funding required marriage," he said.
FSU is reviewing its program, which only paid for health insurance for domestic partners
who could not get insurance through their work, said spokesman Dennis Schnittker.
"The gift was made under the belief of the donor that the state would be funding the
benefit in the near future," he said.
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No Change?
In some states, however, domestic partner benefits are likely to continue.
California's domestic partner benefit statutes remain intact, and in Massachusetts the
policy is part of a still-standing executive order. Maine and Vermont, which was the first
state to offer domestic partner benefits, are not planning to change their programs.
"We wouldn't just get rid of it because same-sex marriage has come about," said Tom
Cheney, deputy commissioner for Vermont's Department of Human Resources. "The
state of Vermont has long seen the value in offering domestic partner benefits to
couples of all types. It's a useful recruitment and retention tool for the state as an
employer."
Elliott believes it's too early to know what most employers-both public and private­
will do with domestic partner benefits.
"Once we get past this year into next year's open enrollment, we're going to see some
real change. The tea leaves haven't dried yet," he said.
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Resolution No.: 18-461
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Introduced:
April 19, 2016
Adopted:
April 26, 2016
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
SUBJECT: Collective Bargaining Agreements with Municipal
&
County Government
Employees Organization
Background
1.
Section 511 of the County Charter authorizes the County Council to provide by law for
collective bargaining, with arbitration or other impasse resolution procedures, with
authorized representatives of County Government employees.
Chapter 33, Article VII of the County Code implements Section 511 of the Charter and
provides for collective bargaining by the County Executive with the certified
representatives ofCounty employees and for review ofthe resulting contract by the County
Council.
On Aprill, 2016, the County Executive submitted to the Council a collective bargaining
agreements between the County government and Municipal and County Government
Employees Organization effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. A copy of the
Agreement is attached to this Resolution.
The Executive
has
submitted to the Council the terms and conditions of the Agreements
that require or may require an appropriation of funds or changes in any County law or
regulation.
The joint Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and Education Committee
considered the Agreements and made recommendations on April 21, 2016.
The County Council has considered these terms and conditions and is required by law to
indicate on or before May 1 its intention regarding the appropriation of funds or any
legislation or regulations requirelil to implement the agreements.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Resolution No.: 18-461
Action
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following
resolution:
The County Council intends to approve the'following provisions for FYI7:
1.
2.
3.
0.5% general wage adjustment payable on the fIrst pay period after July 1, 2016.
0.5% general wage adjustment payable on the first pay period after January 1, 2017.
3.5% service increments for all eligible bargaining unit members on their
anniversary date.
3% longevity increment for eligible
bargainin~
unit members.
1% lump swn for each eligible bargaining unit member who is at the top of grade
and not eligible for a longevity step, payable on the first pay period after July
I,
2016.
Tuition Assistance up to $150,000.
25 individual and 7 job class classification studies.
Inclusion of a Pharmacy Benefit Management Programs.
Additional $0.25 per hour for seasonal employee.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
The County Council intends to reject the following provisions for FY17:
1.
3.5% service increment for each bargaining unit member whose service increment
was deferred during FYl1, FY12, or FY13, and who is otherwise eligible, effective
the first pay period after May 1,2017.
Domestic partner benefits for an opposite sex domestic partner, effective January
1,2017.
The Council intends to reject the group insurance benefits in the agreement. The
Council intends to approve the group insurance provisions as they were included in
the Executive's Recommended FY16 operating budget, including a Medicare Part
D Employer Group Waiver Prescription Drug Plan for Medicare-eligible retirees.
To the extent that this approval is inconsistent with any provision of the collective
bargaining agreement, that provision is disapproved.
2.
3.
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Resolution No.: 18·461
The Council intends to approve all other provisions of the Agreement subject to Council review.
This is a correct copy of Council action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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Resolution No.: ---.:.1.::,8-_4:.. :.7.::.5_ _ _ _ __
Introduced:
May 16, 2016
Adopted:
May 16, 2016
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
SUBJECT: Amendment to Resolution No. 18-461 concerning the Collective Bargaining
Agreement with Municipal
&
County Government Employees Organization
Background
1.
Section 511 of the County Charter authorizes the County Council to provide by law for
collective bargaining, with arbitration or other impasse resolution procedures, with
authorized representatives of County Government employees.
Chapter 33, Article VII of the County Code implements Section 511 of the Charter and
provides for collective bargaining by the County Executive with the certified
representatives of County employees and for review ofthe resulting contract by the County
Council.
On April 1,2016, the County Executive submitted to the Council a collective bargaining
agreements between the County government and Municipal and County Government
Employees Organization effective July 1,2016 through June 30, 2017.
The Executive has submitted to the Council the terms and conditions of the Agreements
that require or may require an appropriation of funds or changes in any County law or
regulation.
The joint Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and Education Committee
considered the Agreements and made recommendations on April 21, 2016.
The County Council has considered these terms and conditions and is required by law to
indicate on or before May 1 its intention regarding the appropriation of funds or any
legislation or regulations required to implement the agreements.
The County Council adopted Resolution No. 18-461 on April 26, 2016 indicating its intent
to reject the:
(a)
3.5% service increment for each bargaining unit member whose service increment
was deferred during FYll, FYI2, or FY13, and who is otherwise eligible, effective
the first pay period after May 1,2017; and
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
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Resolution No.: 18-475
(b)
group insurance provisions in the Agreement.
domestic partner benefits for opposite sex couples.
(c)
8.
The Executive and MCGEO renegotiated the Agreement and the Executive submitted the
revised Agreement to the Council for consideration on May 9, 2016. The revised
Agreement changes the effective date of the rejected second service increment to the first
pay period after June 24, 2017.
Action
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following
resolution:
The County Council intends to approve each of the provisions of the Agreement subject to
Council review for FY 17 except:
1.
The 3.5% service increment for each bargaining unit member whose service
increment was deferred during FYII, FYI2, or FY13, and who is otherwise
eligible, effective the first pay period after June 24, 2017.
Domestic partner benefits for an opposite sex domestic partner, effective January
1,2017.
The Council intends to reject the group insurance benefits in the agreement. The
Council intends to approve the group insurance provisions as they were included in
the Executive's Recommended FY16 operating budget, including a Medicare Part
D Employer Group Waiver Prescription Drug Plan for Medicare-eligible retirees.
To the extent that this approval is inconsistent with any provision of the collective
bargaining agreement, that provision is disapproved.
2.
3.
This is a correct copy of Council action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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Attachment to Resolution No.: 18-475
AMENDMENT TO
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE MONTGOMERY COUNlY GOVERNMENT
AND THE
MUNiCIPAL
&
COUNlY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ORGANIZATION, UFCW, LOCAL 1994
The Montgomery County Government (Employer) and the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local
1994, Munldpal
&
County Government Employees Organization (Union), conducted negotiations
pursuant to Sec:tIon 33-108 of the Morrtgomery County Code for the term July 1, 2016 through June 30,.
2017.
As
a result of the negotiations, the Employer and Union entered Into a Memorandum of
Agreement between the Montsomery County Government and the Munldpal
&
County Government
Employees Organization, UFCW, Local 1994 (the Agreement). The Agreement
is
attached hereto and
InCorporated herein. P.ursuant to Section 33-108 of the Montgomery county Code, the COunty Council,
by resolution adopted April 26, 2016, Indicated Its intent not to appropriate funds for certain portions of
the Agreement. Thereafter, the Employer and Union met and agreed to the follOWing amendment to
the Agreement. This amendment replaces the language found in Article 6.9, Service Increments, of the
Agreement
with
the language stated below. All other parts of the Agreement remain the same.
Please use the following key when reading this agreement:
Underlining
(Single boldface brackets]
Added
to
existing agreement.
Deleted
from
existing
agreement.
Existing language
unchanged
by
parties.
The parties agree to amend the contract as follows:
ARnru&
SERVICE INCREMENTS
6.9 Each ynit member whose service increment was postponed during FY2011,
Mon.
and/or
EY2013. and who Is otherwise eligible as Identified In
this
article. shall receive a
salaN
adIustment
of 3.5 percent effective the pay period beginning June 25. 2017. This salary adjustment of 3,$
percent cancels one of the three
PreViouslY
postponed service Increments.
The
remaining two
[All) previously postponed service increments will not be paid in [FV 2016]
fllQ!Z.
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IN
WITNESS WHEREOF,
the
parties
hereto have caused their names to be subscribed by their
duly authorized officers and representatives this
day of May 2016.
9:itJ.
United Food and Commercial Workers,
Local 1994, Munidpal
&
County Government
Employees Orpnizatfon
Montgomery County Govemment
Montgomery County, Maryland
By~~~(jj~~
lsiahLeUe
President
CiiJlORe~ZZ5k ~~
County Executive
Approved for form and
leplity
County Attorney
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
i'vtEMORANDUM
May 2, 2016
Flor~fl,
TO:
FROM:
Nancy
President. County Council
Jennifer
A Hughes,
Director.
Office of Manage
Joseph F. Beach. Direct\,r. Department of Finan
FEIS for Bill
Repeal
16~16,
SUBJECT:
PersoIlnel - Benefits
for
Domestic Partner of Employee ­
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
r.,1',,,,,,,,,,,·.>,."1
legislation.
JAH:fz
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative OfTicer
Usn Austin. Offices of the County Executive
Joy
Nurmi, Special Assistant
to
the
County
Executive
Patrick Lacefield. Director, Public Information Office
Joseph
f.
Beach,
Director, Department of Finance
Shawn Y. Stokes, Director, Office of Human Recourses
David Plntt, Department of Finance
Corey Orlosky. Office of Management and Budget
Alex Espinosa. Office of Managcmellt and Budget
Naeem Mia,
Office of Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council
BilII6-16~
Personnel- Benefits for Domestic Partner of Employee - Repeal
I.
Legislative Summary.
This bill would repeal the law requiring the C01.lnty to provide domestic partner benefits
for
certain
employees.
.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether
the revenues or expenditures' are assumed in the recommended or approved budget.
Includes source of
informatioll~
assumptions, and methodologies
used.
This bill would provide an estimated cost avoidance of $28,695 for the County in the
form of a reduction in the number of dependents covered under the County's health
insurance plans and potentially tIling health insurance claims. The cost estimate
is
based
on plan experience for an estimated 15 new domestic partnerships filed annually, at an
average incremental cost of$1,913. There is no fiscal impact related to
the
continuation
of
coverage for an employee or retiree currently receiving domestic partner benefits or
who has applied for domestic partner benefits before
April 19,2016.
In addition to the change to health benefit options, this bill would remove
the
ability for
County employees in
a
domestic partnership to name their domestic partner
as
a joint
annuitant on their defined benefit pension. This action would have no impact on the cost
of the annuity, as the calculated cost ofthe annuity is actuarially equivalent
with
or
without a joint annuitant.
This bill would have no impact on County revenues.
3.
Revenue and expenditure estimates
co"ering'~t
least tbe next
6
fiscal yean.
This bill would have an estimated cost avoidance of $215,882 over the next 6 fiscaJ
years. Expenditure estimates
ale
calculated using a projected
9%
increase in health
claims costs each year.
4.
An
actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Group insurance claims costs are determined ru.,'tuarially. The fiscal impact of this bill
was estimated based on the assumptions specified in #2 above,
5. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the bin authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
6. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
Staff time needed to implement the bilI would be
minimal~
and would result in a slight
time savings through no longer needing to review domestic partnership requests.
7.
An explanation of how tbe addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
Not applicable.
8. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
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Not applicabJe.
9. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
The number of covered employees and dependents and the cost ofclaims
could
affect the
cost estimates.
10.
Ranges of revenue or expenditures that arc uncertain or difficult
to
project.
Not applicable.
11.
If
a bill is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is the casco
Not applicable.
12. Other fiscal impacts or comments•.
Not applicable.
13.
The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
Corey Orlosky, Office of Management and
Budget
Lori O'Brien, Office of Human Resources
Belinda Fulco,
Office of Human Resources
Date
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 16-16, Personnel- Benefits for Domestic Partner of Employee - Repeal
Background:
This legislation would repeal the law requiring the County to provide domestic partner
benefits to eligible County Employees. Benefits for Employee's Domestic Partner signed
into law on December 3, 1999, extended health and insurance benefits to a same-sex
domestic partner of a County employee. Subsequent legislation extended opposite sex
domestic partner benefits to members of the police and fire and rescue bargaining units.
The latter legislation was enacted when same-sex marriage wa'S prohibited in Maryland.
On January L 20l3. the state recognized same-sex marriage. On April 12,2016 the
County Executive introduced legislation (13iIl 13-16) that would provide opposite sex
domestic partner benefits to employees represented by MCGEO and unrepresented
County employees.
CmU1cilmember George LeventhaL lead sponsorf(.)r Bill 16-16, proposes to repeal
domestic partner benefits to County employees. The previous legislation was appropriate
at a time when maITiage
wa.~
illegal fhr gays and lesbians. However, since the state now
recognizes sanle-sex marriage, such legislation is no longer necessary !U1d the County's
taxpayers should not continue to have to pay for providing this benefit.
1.
The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
There are no sources of information or methodologies used in the preparation of the
economic impact statement According to data provided in the fiscal impact
statement, Bill 16-16 would provide an estimated first-year cost avoidance of $28,695
for the County, since those cost') will be bome by the domestic partnerships and, as
such. would impact the incomes of those partnerships.
2. A description of any \'ariable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
There no variables that could afIect the economic impact estimates.
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect, jf any on employment, spending, savings,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
As the County would avoid the cost of providing health insurance to domestic
partners, there would be an economic effect on the domestic partnerships. However,
because the moderate mnount of estimated cost avoidance, Bill 16-16 would have no
significant economic eflect on employment, spending. savings, investment, incomes,
and property values in the County.
4.
If
a Bill is
likely
to have no economic impact, why is that the case?
Bill 16-16 would have no economic impact. Please see paragraph #3.
Page
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 16-16,
Penonnel- Benefits for
Domestic
Partner of
Employee -
Repeal
5. The
following contributed to or
concurred
with
this analysis: David
Platt.
Mary
Casciotti. and Rob Hagcdoorn,Financc; Corey Orlosky, OMB.
ell, Director
rnent
0
f
Finance
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DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
­
ACTIVE EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES
Grand Total Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Total 55 Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Total Opp Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
Total Fire Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Fire 5S Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Fire Opp Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
Total Police Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Police 55 Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
- Police Opp Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
MGEO
55
Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
Non Union
55
Employee and Retiree Domestic Partnerships
S5
=
same sex
Opp
=
opposite sex
DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP NEW ENROLLMENTS
IN 2016 - ACTIVE EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES
125
37
January
February
March
April
May
June
Total
6
1
2
88
62
5
57
2
4
~
15
39
8
31
January's number is the result of Open Enrollment with a 1/1/16
enrollment date.
as of 6/24/16
15
9
Total Employee Domestic Partnerships
Total Retiree Domestic Partnerships
85
40
10,437
actives
0.81%
6,565
retirees
0.61%
as of 4/20/16
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