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PAT Council Elects Officers; Get Update on Same-Sex Partners Benefits

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 12, 2007

Guy Eaton will serve as chairman of the PAT Council for another year and Scott Bugbee will stay on as vice chairman. Kim Walls of UNH Manchester is the new secretary.

The elections were held during the December meeting where four outgoing representatives received certificates of appreciation from Megan Davis on behalf of President Mark Huddleston.

PAT members also signed up to be on one of the council’s four committees: communication, compensation and benefits, nominations and professional development.

An update of issues being addressed by the SPPC included a brief discussion on New Hampshire’s new civil union law, which goes into effect in January. USNH has decided to maintain the status quo until July 1, 2009, to allow time for a new policy to be considered.

The existing policy allowing university employees to add their domestic same-sex partners to their benefits plan became effective in February 2000. Heterosexual domestic partners were excluded at the time in part because of concerns related to cost. Expanding the policy to include them is one of the issues that will be discussed during the transition period.

For now, current and new employees with same-sex partners will continue to receive benefits under the existing provision. A committee will study the policy to determine what, if any, changes are needed.

In other news it was announced that a day-long joint council orientation will be held Jan. 9, 2008, at the Alumni Center. The Jan. 2 PAT monthly meeting has been canceled.

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