POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code & Policies Policies & Rules (PPD) Administrative Purchasing
ADM-1.15 - City Equal Benefit Requirements Expansion to Include Contract Amendments and Revenue Generating Contracts


Binding City Policy





WHEREAS, in April 2006 the City Council approved Ordinance No. 180077 requiring contractors on City contracts to provide equivalent employee benefits between their employees with domestic partners and their employees with spouses; and


WHEREAS, it is the City's intent, through the contracting practices outlined herein, to ensure that in the spending of public money that such money is spent in a way that equalizes, to the extent possible, compensation between similarly situated employees with spouses and employees with domestic partners; and


WHEREAS, the Bureau of Purchases adopted administrative rules that applied these requirements to contracts exceeding the formal solicitation threshold for goods and services, construction or professional, technical or expert services awarded on or after January 1, 2007; and


WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 180077 required the Bureau of Purchases to present a status report on the implementation of the policy to include options for expanding the provisions to cover additional City contracts not covered under this ordinance; and


WHEREAS, a diverse stakeholder group was convened to review the status of the program, explore options for expanding the requirements and make recommendations; and




NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council hereby directs the Purchasing Agent to expand the Equal Benefit requirements to include the following:

  • Contract amendments that exceed 12 months and independently trigger the formal thresholds for each type of service.
  • Revenue generating contracts exceeding $150,000 to coincide with the formal threshold for goods and services contracts.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Purchasing Agent will develop a marketing/outreach flyer to send out to small construction subcontractors informing them that there is no or low cost to extend health benefits to employees with domestic partners. This assumes they already provide employees health benefits and they extend those benefits to employees with spouses.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,  that this resolution is binding city policy.




Resolution No. 36584, adopted by City Council March 5, 2008.

Table of Contents
ADM-1.01 - Purchasing Policies
ADM-1.02 - Fair Contracting & Employment Strategy - 3 Year Review
ADM-1.03 - Sustainable Procurement Strategy (Superseded)
ADM-1.04 - Fair Contracting & Employment Strategy
ADM-1.05 - Professional, Technical and Expert Services Contracting Manual
ADM-1.06 - Purchasing Manual (Deleted)
ADM-1.07 - EEO Certification
ADM-1.08 - Purchasing Board of Appeals Rules of Procedure
ADM-1.09 - Sustainable Procurement Policy
ADM-1.10 - Sustainable Paper Use Policy
ADM-1.11 - Proposal to Increase Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Emerging Small Business Utilization in Professional, Technical and Expert Contracting
ADM-1.12 - Biofuels Requirements for Petroleum-Based Fuels Sold in Portland and City-Owned Vehicles
ADM-1.13 - Assigning Confidence Ratings to Project Cost Estimates
ADM-1.14 - Professional, Technical, and Expert Policy Documents Modification to Address Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business Subcontractor Concerns and Public Notice Requirement of City Intent to Execute Sole Source PTE Contracts
ADM-1.15 - City Equal Benefit Requirements Expansion to Include Contract Amendments and Revenue Generating Contracts
ADM-1.16 - Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy and Code of Conduct for Apparel Contractors
ADM-1.17 - Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy Administrative Rules
ADM-1.18 - Minority Evaluator on Contractor Evaluation and Selection Panels
ADM-1.19 - Social Equity Contracting Strategy to Increase Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Emerging Small Business Utilization in City Contracting
ADM-1.20 - Workforce Training & Hiring Program Administrative Rules
ADM-1.21 - Prime Contractor Development Program Administrative Rules
ADM-1.22 - Construction Prequalification Program Administrative Rules
ADM-1.23 – Subcontractor Equity Program Administrative Rules
See Also - Independent Contractors