The Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago voted earlier this month to adopt a Domestic Partner Health and Bereavement Leave benefits policy for same-sex partners of qualified employees.
The policy mirrors the City of Chicago's coverage for full-time employees.
'By adopting this policy, we reinforce City Colleges' commitment to establishing and maintaining a diverse workforce,' said Chancellor Wayne Watson. 'Providing these benefits will also enhance our ability to attract talented and qualified individuals to join the City Colleges' workforce.'
The qualified employee and partner must meet certain criteria and provide documentation to support their eligibility for the coverage. The employee and partner must file a 'Domestic Partner Health and Bereavement Leave Benefits Affidavit' with the CCC Office of Human Resources, Department of Employee Benefits. Upon approval, they receive a 'Certificate of Domestic Partnership.'
They then are eligible for health and bereavement leave benefits.
The City Colleges of Chicago is one of the largest urban community college systems in the nation, serving more than 150,000 students annually.
The seven separately accredited City Colleges are: Daley College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harold Washington College, Wright College, Truman College, and Kennedy-King College.
See www.ccc.edu .