Chapter 3.98


3.98.010    Extension of Employee Benefits to Domestic Partners. Revised 2/20

3.98.020    Definitions.

3.98.030    Eligibility.

3.98.040    Termination and Domestic Partnership.

3.98.050    Extension of Domestic Partnership Benefits Pursuant to Collective Bargaining.

3.98.060    Non-Represented Employee Pay and Benefit Adjustments.

3.98.010 Extension of Employee Benefits to Domestic Partners. Revised 2/20

Except where necessary to conform with Washington state laws, rules, and regulations governing eligibility for benefits purchased through the state Health Care Authority, the County shall provide for the extension of County employee benefits to employees’ domestic partners and eligible children of the domestic partner on a basis equal to the benefits provided to employees for a spouse and eligible children of the spouse, subject to the terms and conditions of an Affidavit of Marriage/Domestic Partnership, to be developed and implemented by the Human Resources Department. (Ord. 2019-65 § 1 (part), 2019; Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)

3.98.020 Definitions.

A.    "Basic living expenses" means the cost of basic food, shelter, and any other expenses of a domestic partner which are paid at least in part by a program or benefit for which the partner qualified because of the domestic partnership. The individuals need not contribute equally or jointly to the cost of these expenses as long as they both agree that both are responsible for the cost.

B.    "Domestic Partner" means an individual designated by an unmarried County official or employee in an affidavit filed with the Human Resources Department pursuant to Chapter 3.98.

C.    "Domestic Partnership" shall consist of two people who have been, for at least six months, and are currently:

1.    Sharing the same regular and permanent residence;

2.    Having a close, personal relationship;

3.    Jointly responsible for "basic living expenses", as defined herein;

4.    Not married to anyone as recognized by the State of Washington or any other jurisdiction;

5.    Both 18 years of age or older;

6.    Not related by blood closer than would bar marriage in the State of Washington;

7.    Mentally competent to consent to contract when the domestic partnership began;

8.    Each other's sole domestic partner, intending to remain so indefinitely, and are responsible for each other's common welfare.

D.    "Employee Benefits" means the following benefits provided to a County employee, spouse and eligible children pursuant to collective bargaining agreements, ordinances, contracts or personnel policies: health insurance eligibility, sick leave, shared sick leave eligibility, humanitarian catastrophic leave eligibility, and bereavement leave.

(Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)

3.98.030 Eligibility.

Eligibility for domestic partner status will be established by the presentation to the County's Human Resources Department of an Affidavit of Marriage/Domestic Partnership meeting the definition of such domestic partnership as defined herein, and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in such Affidavit. (Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)

3.98.040 Termination of Domestic Partnership.

At the request of either domestic partner, a domestic partnership may be terminated upon the filing of an Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership indicating that at least one of the criteria necessary to maintain a domestic partnership is no longer satisfied. (Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)

3.98.050 Extension of Domestic Partnership Benefits Pursuant to Collective Bargaining.

The employment benefits set forth in Chapter 3.98 are benefits available to be provided to represented employees pursuant to collective bargaining. (Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)

3.98.060 Non-represented Employee Pay and Benefit Adjustments.

A.    This Chapter shall apply to non-represented employees, including both uniformed and non-uniformed.

B.    Such non-represented employees shall receive the employment benefits set forth in this Chapter regarding the extension of employee benefits to domestic partners if they meet the eligibility requirements.

(Ord. 2007-108 § 1 (part), 2007)