[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg 12-22-2008 by Ord. No. 13-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
When a declarant is a patient in any health care facility operating within the City, such health care facility shall allow the other life partner the same policies, rights and privileges of visitation as are granted to a married spouse or parent. A dependant of a registered life partnership shall have the same visitation rights as a patient's child.
Employers located within the City may request verification of life partner status to facilitate the provision of benefits which meet the goals of this Part 2 for its employees. The City Clerk shall cooperate with such requests.
When used in any residential lease, rental agreement or other contract for the possession or use of leased residential real estate located within the City, the definition of the term "family" shall be interpreted to include within a person's family a life partner. When the term "family" is used in such an agreement and includes within its scope the parents, children or other blood relatives of a spouse, the term shall also include the parents, dependants or other blood relatives of the person with whom the individual has filed a declaration of life partnership in the City registry. This section shall not affect any laws of the United States or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding real estate.
An employer located within the City which allows an employee bereavement leave for the death of a spouse, child or parent shall allow employees the same terms of leave for life partners and dependants of a life partnership.
Proof of life partner registration. Any employer covered by this section may require its employees to submit proof of registration of their life partner status. A certified copy of a declaration of life partnership which has been issued by the City Clerk must be accepted as such proof.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
Application to public entities. Since the City itself is an employer in the City, to the full extent allowed by law, this section shall apply with full force and effect to the City and any of its newly created authorities. This section shall not apply to any other public entity, including but not limited to the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the County of Dauphin.
All health care benefits available to the spouse and dependants of a married City of Harrisburg employee shall also be available to an employee's life partner and/or any dependants of an employee's life partnership. This section shall not apply to any private employer located within the City nor to any other public entity, including but not limited to the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the County of Dauphin.
Legal effect of declaration of life partnership. A declaration of life partnership will create no legal rights or duties from one declarant to the other except those legal rights and duties specified in this chapter or other ordinances or resolutions of the Harrisburg City Council which specifically refer to declarations of life partnership in the Life Partnership Registry or as otherwise permitted pursuant to the laws of any other jurisdiction. Nothing in this chapter shall affect legal rights and duties which the declarants agree in a legally enforceable writing they will owe to each other and which are not otherwise prohibited by this or any other applicable law or regulation.
Enforcement. Disputes arising under or concerning this chapter shall first be submitted to mediation with the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission. If mediation is unsuccessful, this chapter may be enforced by civil action. This chapter shall not be construed to require the City or the City Solicitor to enforce its provisions.