Employers will have to make some adjustments in states where gay marriage is legal, according to Bettina Deynes, vice president of human resources at the Society for Human Resource Management.
Bettina Deynes, vice president of human resources at the Society for Human Resource Management, an HR trade association, said companies in states where same-sex marriage has become legal will have to update forms and procedures.
Many companies already have made policy changes, such as extending benefits to same-sex domestic partners, Deynes
"The burden is on those organizations that have not changed their ways and not taken steps, and now they're faced with a more drastic change," she
The ongoing costs associated with these changes are not likely to be significant, Deynes
Companies could realize some cost-savings and administrative advantages.
Health insurance premiums for gay employees in states that have legalized same-sex marriage are "triple tax free," meaning they are not taxed at the local, state or federal levels. (In states with gay marriage bans, local and state governments tax those premiums.)
"This is a benefit to organizations because they no longer have the administrative burden of providing split calculations," Deynes
Another plus is the surcharge companies can impose on employees who have health coverage under another plan, she
Most small and medium-size companies don't employ a lot of married gay and lesbian people, so the financial impact is likely to be incremental, Deynes