Are gay couples entitled to the same benefits as straight couples?
What constitutes a family? Couples these days are breaking ground for all kinds of new definitions. Some companies go along when the issue of family benefits is involved; others are reluctant to do so. The same thing goes for communities.
What constitutes a family? Couples these days are breaking ground for all kinds of new definitions. Some companies go along when the issue of family benefits is involved; others are reluctant to do so.
The same thing goes for communities. In San Francisco, two gay women picked up a license in city hall certifying them as "domestic partners." An unmarried couple in Vermont failed to get similar recognition.
States Newsweek : "Domestic partnership was unheard of a decade ago." Today it is not exactly commonplace, but an increasing number of companies are currently setting up DP benefits plans despite opposition from religious and conservative groups.
When Supply Room Attendant Al Graham applied for bereavement leave following the death of Frank Reynolds, his live-in lover, Maintenance Foreman George Petty didn't know how to handle the request. He wisely sought his boss' advice.
Question: If this were your problem to deal with, would you grant Graham the leave?
Marshall's decision: In responding to Petty, Plant Engineer Ed Marshall quoted an observation made by Donna Goya, Levi Strauss' senior vice president of human resources: "This is really a discrimination issue. We realize that family structures are changing and want to respect this diversity."
Marshall sent the response backto Petty, reading "Bereavement leave approved."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey