The agreements between APSCUF and PASSHE provide for tuition waiver benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners (hereinafter referred to as Domestic Partners) of PASSHE faculty and coaches. The Board of Governors also extended the same benefits to PASSHE managers.
Note: The value of these Domestic Partner benefits may be taxable to the employee under federal law; please see below in the Taxation of Benefits section for more information.
To qualify for benefits listed above, an employee and partner must meet the following criteria and provide a completed PASSHE Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Certification. This notarized certification is to be maintained in the employee’s official personnel file.
The unmarried biological or legally adopted child (including a child during the probation period), or a child for whom the Domestic Partner, is the legal guardian is eligible if the child meets the benefits program age requirements and:
To initiate Domestic Partner benefits for a same-sex domestic partner and/or children of a same-sex domestic partner, an employee must certify the Same-Sex Domestic Partnership as follows:
Note: Original documents must be submitted and must be dated at least six (6) months prior to the date the certification is executed.
Once the certification form has been returned to the Office of Human Resources, the employee will need to submit a completed Tuition Waiver Application to the Office of the Bursar to recieve the tuition waiver benefit.
Under federal tax laws, the value of tuition waiver benefits provided to Domestic Partners and/or children of Domestic Partners is taxable to the employee. Therefore, the cost of tuition waived will be added to the employee's biweekly pay as additional taxable income for federal tax as well as for Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes.
The employee must notify the university Human Resources office in writing within thirty (30) days of the dissolution of a certified Same-Sex Domestic Partnership by completing a Termination of Same-Sex Domestic Partnership form. Benefit plan eligibility for the Domestic Partner and children of the Partner ends on the last day of the month in which the partnership ended. Failure to notify the university may result in liability for benefits provided to ineligible Domestic Partner and/or dependents.
For additional information on domestic partner benefits, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
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