reciprocal benefits - civil unions
Aloha! Hawaii just recognized civil unions for benefit purposes and my question(s) is this: What proof can the employer require of the "legitimacy" of the "union" since there would be no marriage license. In other words, how do we know this is a legitimate partner before covering him/her for benefits? I'm sure there will be administrative rules over the coming weeks to help us negotiate this slippery slope but 1)have you heard anything about the Hawaii guidelines? and 2)how are the 8(?) other states handling? Thank you much!