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West Palm Beach, Fla. to require contractors to offer same-sex benefits

West Palm Beach, Fla. to require contractors to offer same-sex benefits

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The city of West Palm Beach, Fla., has voted to require contractors who do at least $50,000 in business with the city to offer equal family benefits to all employees, including those in same-sex relationships.

West-Palm-Beach-FLThe Palm Beach Post reports that the city commission voted Monday 5-0 to approve the policy, which applies to businesses with five or more employees.

The policy excludes companies that provide no benefits to employees’ spouses or dependents; government entities, contracts for sale or lease of property, emergency contracts, and provisions that would violate grant requirements or federal or state laws or rules.

The city also could waive compliance if it gets only one bidder.

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