Human Resources

Staff Policies and Procedures Manual

VII. Benefits

P. Domestic partner benefits


The employee and domestic partner are sharing a long-term committed relationship of indefinite duration with only one another, have not affirmed another qualifying domestic partner within the previous six months, and meet all the following requirements:

  • have lived together for at least six (6) months;
  • have an exclusive mutual commitment and are responsible for each other's common welfare;
  • are both 18 years of age or older;
  • neither is married to anyone; neither has another domestic partner;
  • share the same regular and permanent residence with the intent of continuing to do so indefinitely;
  • are not related by blood closer than would bar marriage in the state of Oregon;
  • were both  mentally competent to consent to contract when the committed partnership began;

Share joint financial responsibility for basic living expenses and have, and can provide documentation if asked, for at least four (4) of the following:

  1. joint, with right of survivorship, mortgage, deed, rental or lease agreement;
  2. joint, with right of survivorship, ownership of a vehicle;
  3. joint, with right of survivorship, ownership of a checking account, credit account, and/or other financial instruments and accounts;
  4. designation of the domestic partner as a primary beneficiary for the employee's life insurance or retirement benefits;
  5. designation of the domestic partner as a primary beneficiary of the employee's will;
  6. designation of the domestic partner as holding power of attorney for health care.

A child must be a dependent of the employee in accordance with IRS regulations and be claimed as a dependent (IRS QD) on the employee’s last tax return in order to be eligible for Reed College benefits.


The insurance benefits available to domestic partners include: health and dental insurance, supplemental life insurance and voluntary accidental death and dismemberment. The insurance benefits not available to domestic partners include the health and dependent care banks.

last revised: 7/1/2007

last reviewed: 2/13/2012

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