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Birth/Adoption/Legal Guardianship

 

The addition of a new dependent child due to birth/adoption/legal guardianship is considered to be a qualifying event, which allows you to declare a Family Status Change and make changes to your benefits during the plan year. Changes must be made within 30 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship and consistent with and as a result of the addition of the child. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources. 

Action Items Checklist:

Change tax withholding status (if applicable).

  Change your tax withholding online in Oracle. Go to Pay > Tax Withholding > Select the edit button then make your changes. Make sure you agree with the disclaimer and save the changes.
   

Make changes to benefits (if applicable).

  See Family Status Change for more information.

More Details:

Health and/or Dental Coverage

Changes must be made within 30 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You must declare a Life Change within 30 days of the status change to add your dependent to your coverage. See Family Status Change for more information.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Changes must be made within 30 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You may want to begin participating in a health care FSA or a dependent day care FSA, or increase the contributions to your existing FSA.
  • See  Family Status Change for more information

Retirement Benefits

Changes should be made as soon as possible after the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You may want to change your beneficiary designation.

Life Insurance

Change can be made anytime during the year.

You may want to change your beneficiary designation.

  • Adoption Assistance

Regular employees with at least one (1) year of continuous service in a full-time regular position may be eligible for the adoption assistance benefit. See Adoption Assistance Policy for more information.

Updated 7/5/16