The tax credit will encourage more businesses to provide these benefits, making Philadelphia more competitive in attracting and keeping a talented and diverse workforce.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 12, 2013
Harvey Hurdle, Sellers Dorsey CEO, testified before the Philadelphia City Council yesterday on the economic and business opportunities created by offering domestic partner health benefits. Upon invitation from the Philadelphia City Council, Mr. Hurdle’s testimony gave support to a proposed ordinance providing a non-refundable tax credit to businesses that offer domestic partner health benefits to employees and their families.
The tax credit is part of a larger bill addressing discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Introduced by Council members James F. Kenney and W. Wilson Goode, Jr., the tax credit will apply to businesses that offer health care benefits to life partners of their employees and the children of life partners. The credit will be capped at $2 million.
Sellers Dorsey provides domestic partner benefits to its employees and their families. Additionally, 62% of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partnership benefits to their employees, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. In Philadelphia alone, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, and Aramark are among the dozens of large, medium, and small businesses that offer comprehensive domestic partnership benefits to their employees.
“As a CEO, I know the value of offering domestic partnership benefits to recruiting and retaining talent,” said Hurdle. He continued, “The tax credit will encourage more businesses to provide these benefits, making Philadelphia more competitive in attracting and keeping a talented and diverse workforce.”
Sellers Dorsey is a national healthcare consulting firm that navigates the ever-changing landscape within the public and private sectors. Through deep industry expertise and a political lens, the firm provides clarity at the intersection of business and policy. Together with its clients, Sellers Dorsey realizes opportunities that enhance the bottom-line and ultimately improve the lives of people. On the web at sellersdorsey.com. Sellers Dorsey is an LGBT owned and operated company certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Christopher R. Labonte, Principal and Director of External Affairs
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