By Adam Saville 15 July 2019.
Employers should still ensure couples are covered by group risk policies, says GRiD.
The UK government has committed to changing the law to allow opposite-sex couples form civil partnerships by 31 December.
At present, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnership to a marriage, enabling them access to a state bereavement support payment if their partner dies. This will be extended to those in opposite-sex civil partnerships.
In a next steps policy paper the government outlines its plans for extending eligibility and the range of rights and entitlements that should be made available to opposite-sex civil partners. It also seeks views on the future of conversion rights and whether opposite-sex married couples should have an opportunity to convert their relationships to a civil partnership.
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