Benefits To Change With Marriage Law

Posted at: 07/31/2013 10:37 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- When the Minnesota legislature passed same sex-marriage back in May, it meant businesses would have an entire new group of people to include in their insurance and benefits policies.

And now, with the state’s first same-sex marriages set to take place just after midnight on Thursday, some of Southern Minnesota’s largest employers have some very different approaches to the new law.

At Hy-Vee things are pretty simple.

As long as you're legally married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, you're clear to receive benefits.

But at the Mayo Clinic, things are a little trickier.

While the company has long offered benefits to those in domestic partnerships, now that same-sex marriage will be legal, couples will have to get married or lose their benefits.

And Hormel Foods said they will allow same-sex couples to begin collecting benefits starting on January 1st.

The state Commerce Department says it sent letters to insurers reminding them that beginning Thursday companies are required to offer benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages.

ABC 6 asked Hormel Foods to clarify how they would handle benefits requests that come before January, but they declined.