County of Sonoma, California
Site Search

You are here:

Policies & Procedures: California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003

Date: January 7, 2005
To: Payroll Clerks
Subject: California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003

Effective January 1, 2005, the California Domestic Partnership Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003 became effective. This legislation provides domestic partners registered with the State of California the same rights, protections, and benefits, and subjects them to the same responsibilities, obligations, and duties under law as are granted to and imposed upon spouses. For purposes of employment benefits, it obligates the County to provide employees’ domestic partners the same benefits as are granted to employees’ spouses. These benefits include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Paid / unpaid leave to care for seriously ill domestic partner or partner’s child.
  • Use of paid sick leave to care for a sick domestic partner or partner’s child.
  • Paid leave for the birth or adoption or placement of a child.
  • Right to collect unemployment if a partner quits job due to the relocation/employment of his/her domestic partner.
  • Health and welfare benefits for domestic partner and children to the same extent that it is provided to spouses and their children.
  • Retirement plans and survivor benefits equivalent to those provided to spouses.
  • Non-discrimination protection.

The County already provides most of the benefits required by this legislation to domestic partners of employees registered via the County’s process. Therefore, the impact of this legislation to the County is minimal. Two of the most significant changes for the County includes:

  1. Retirement plans and survivor benefits.
  2. Rights provided by the California Family Rights Act.

Some content on this page is saved in an alternative format. To view these files, download the following free software.