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Wal-Mart to Offer Health Benefits to Domestic Partners of U.S. Workers
Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2013 | Shelly Banjo

Posted on 08/27/2013 12:53:17 PM PDT by Alter Kaker

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told workers this week that it will begin offering health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of U.S. employees next year.

The extension of health benefits marks a major change for the country’s largest private employer of 1.3 million U.S. workers, which has been targeted by gay-rights advocacy groups for failing to do so.

The move comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law.

Rather than go state by state, Wal-Mart decided to adopt a blanket approach to ensure consistent treatment of its employees, spokesman Randy Hargrove said.

Nearly two-thirds of the Fortune 500 firms—including General Electric Co. and General Motors Co.—offer such benefits, according to a recent analysis by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights advocacy group.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: gay; sellout; walmart

1 posted on 08/27/2013 12:53:17 PM PDT by Alter Kaker
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To: Alter Kaker

... but not if they work less than 29 hours!

What a mess.


2 posted on 08/27/2013 12:54:38 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Is the 29 hours thing Wal-Mart’s fault or Obama’s?


3 posted on 08/27/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Ok, whiplash: I thought the libs were telling us that Wal-Mart doesn’t offer health care bennies?


4 posted on 08/27/2013 12:56:11 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Pearls Before Swine
but not if they work less than 29 hours!

It would be interesting to know what percentage of the WM workforce this will apply to after the full implementation of Obamacare.

5 posted on 08/27/2013 12:56:41 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: 1rudeboy

Or maybe they only offer gay healthcare.


6 posted on 08/27/2013 12:56:48 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is the 29 hours thing Wal-Mart’s fault or Obama’s?

Remember that 29 hours is the new legal definition of full-time employment under Obamacare. It's certainly not Wal-mart's doing; as to which Dem staffer put that definition in the law, I can't say.

7 posted on 08/27/2013 12:58:51 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Alter Kaker

Story last week was that UPS was DROPPING or reducing benefits to spouses


8 posted on 08/27/2013 1:01:40 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Alter Kaker
FABULOUS
9 posted on 08/27/2013 1:02:09 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Alter Kaker
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10 posted on 08/27/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Something for all the Walmartians to keep in mind.


11 posted on 08/27/2013 1:16:29 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: Alter Kaker

Obama has Walmart by the shorthairs. At any time he can send his Labor Dept. in their to audit 500,000 time cards, and smack them for a violation every time some idiot clocks out a couple minutes over.

That’s a pretty big stick.


12 posted on 08/27/2013 1:16:35 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 1rudeboy

this would be more relevant for their corporate workforce, not in-store workers.


13 posted on 08/27/2013 1:22:34 PM PDT by socalgop
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To: Pearls Before Swine

LOL, that’s what I was thinking, when you offer very few benefits for very few people, it is easy to say such things. I am a volunteer and I regularly get my pay doubled, lol.


14 posted on 08/27/2013 1:23:08 PM PDT by tiki
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To: socalgop

In what way?


15 posted on 08/27/2013 1:24:14 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Alter Kaker

But, they are cutting hours of most of their work force so they don’t have to pay into Obozocare. Does this mean that homos are not having their hours cut???


16 posted on 08/27/2013 1:29:17 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: tumblindice

I thought that Costco was a big democrat operation, and a paid membership store, not a normal store like Walmart.


17 posted on 08/27/2013 1:34:51 PM PDT by ansel12 (Obama-[obamacare] "used to be a Republican idea. There’s a governor of Massachusetts who set it up.)
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To: Alter Kaker

i don’t shop there anyway. one more reason NOT to go there.


18 posted on 08/27/2013 1:42:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Funny...all the Free Trade Commies used to knobpolish WalMart like it was the economic savior of America...Now, it will the leader in providing Homosexual benefits.

I wonder how the Free Trade Commie Pinkos gonna ‘spin and splain’ this one...

Free Trade is now also....Gay


19 posted on 08/27/2013 1:51:21 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Difference between George Zimmerman and Al Sharpton is that Sharpton woulda let honky family burn)
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To: Alter Kaker

How simply gay of them... did they tell you that no one will be working over 29 hours... part timers... and they get nothing but a paycheck.


20 posted on 08/27/2013 1:52:19 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I quit walmart when they quit on the US Constitution.

LLS


21 posted on 08/27/2013 1:53:56 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Your typical “free trader” would probably argue that you have the choice to visit Wal-Mart, or not. No need to run to Uncle Sugar, as protectionists do.


22 posted on 08/27/2013 2:23:33 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ansel12

Yeah, Walmart has become the normal. I’m not familiar with Costco. Left coast?


23 posted on 08/27/2013 2:26:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Walmart hasn’t had many full time workers (40 hour) for many years. hussein merely legitimatized it.


24 posted on 08/27/2013 2:56:13 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: tumblindice

Super Walmarts are grocery stores, sell guns or ammo, and are forbidden to millions of Americans as they are kept out of many major cities, Costco is a membership deal, like Sam’s Club, Costco is also very pro democrat party.


25 posted on 08/27/2013 3:04:29 PM PDT by ansel12 (Obama-[obamacare] "used to be a Republican idea. There’s a governor of Massachusetts who set it up.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Aww ......FR fave Statist can’t explain why his economic policies are only beneficial to Gay Americans

Before we had your Marxist Free Trade....we had a lot more American companies making American products and hiring American citizens...

But..hey ....Free Trade is good for Gays....at least according to WalMart. Now I can subsidize Communist China AND insure Gays at the same time....woohoo /sarc

Free Trade is Gay


26 posted on 08/27/2013 3:46:36 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (You cannot be conservative while supporting the bankruptcy of your nation)
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27 posted on 08/27/2013 4:19:55 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Alter Kaker

Domestic Partner <> Married.

Can an unmarried man and woman qualify as a domestic partnership?


28 posted on 08/27/2013 4:45:06 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Troll, much?


29 posted on 08/27/2013 4:56:07 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Alter Kaker
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30 posted on 08/27/2013 5:06:26 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Alter Kaker

Rumor has it that Walmart will call it QueerCare to honor His Arrogance and supporters.


31 posted on 08/27/2013 5:38:23 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives are never accountable for "unintended consequences" .... just for causing most)
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To: Alter Kaker

Don’t care...private company...could offer death benefits to pets for all I care...just don’t have the gubmint make people and companies do it.


32 posted on 08/27/2013 9:45:10 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Will they have to raise their everyday low prices on the crap nobody wants to buy and raise the higher priced crap even higher?


33 posted on 08/28/2013 12:12:28 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Folks from K street wrote obamacare.


34 posted on 08/28/2013 12:13:15 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Mike Darancette

They can always claim they’re married. I’ve had many jobs and have put my wives on my insurance and sometimes I was on theirs. I’ve never been asked to provide a copy of a marriage license.


35 posted on 08/28/2013 12:16:21 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Mike Darancette

“Can an unmarried man and woman qualify as a domestic partnership?”

Yes. This will affect many more unmarried heterosexual couples than homosexual couples. My employer now offers “soft” benefits (not health insurance) to domestic partners of its workers. It has resisted extending all benefits to domestic partners because of the cost. One estimate I have read is there would be five times more heterosexual couples than homosexual couples that would have to be covered if benefits were extended to all domestic partners.


36 posted on 08/28/2013 5:58:56 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: VerySadAmerican
“They can always claim they’re married. I’ve had many jobs and have put my wives on my insurance and sometimes I was on theirs. I’ve never been asked to provide a copy of a marriage license.”

I've occasionally had to provide a copy (sometimes an official one with a raised seal) of my marriage license when I put my wife on my insurance. My current employer didn't require documentation, and a recent audit found rampant fraud. Approximately 10% of all spousal coverage claims were discovered to be bogus.

37 posted on 08/28/2013 6:04:44 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Alter Kaker

Probably policy set in a personel department by a female with a degree in womyn’s studies.


38 posted on 08/28/2013 12:31:17 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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