The largets private employer in Memphis will offer health benefits to same-sex domestic partners, Commercial Appeal reports:
"FedEx will offer health insurance benefits for same-sex domestic partners starting Jan. 1, 2012.
The shipping giant, which already offers the benefits in California and to FedEx Office employees, said the change comes at the request of employees.
'Employees have been asking for the benefit,' said spokeswoman Sandra Munoz.
It won't go into effect sooner because FedEx needs time to rebuild benefits that were cut as part of a belt-tightening to help weather the recession, Munoz added.
Munoz said details will be worked out before employees get the option of choosing the benefit during health insurance enrollment in the fall of 2011.
The benefit won't apply to heterosexual domestic partners, she said."