Thomson Reuters’ Manila office declares live-in and same-sex partners eligible for company benefits

This is progress. reports that the Manila office of media conglomerate Thomson Reuters "has introduced a landmark company policy making domestic partners and same-sex partners eligible as dependents and beneficiaries for company benefits."

The report explained that under Thomson Reuters Manila’s "Domestic Partners Eligibility" policy, "single employees with domestic partners, either heterosexual or same sex, may now enroll them as qualified dependents under its healthcare plan, and as qualified beneficiaries under its group life insurance plan and retirement plan." A domestic partner, described as an unmarried individual who is in a committed relationship with another person, just needs to fill in the necessary paperwork together with the employee to be able to avail himself or herself of the benefits.


Although Thomson Reuters Manila’s newest company policy "is believed to be the first of its kind in the Philippines to support employees' domestic ("live-in") and same sex partnerships," the media company has been observing the rule in its bureaus in the United States and United Kingdom for several months already.

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