When an employee experiences a change
in family status, e.g., divorce, marriage, civil union, birth of a child, death
of a family member, there may be changes that need to be made
that concern pension and health benefits.
Below is a checklist of some areas
of concern that should be checked into whenever there is a change
in family status. Each item includes a link to other material
in this manual that can serve as a guide to assisting employees
in completing necessary changes in health and/or pension benefits
designations and coverages.
When a change in family status occurs,
should the member:
a new Beneficiary Designation form? (Life Insurance and Death
an updated Health Benefits application?
the spouse, civil union partner, or eligible same-sex domestic partner of a deceased member be offered COBRA coverage?
Will the member
need to take a Leave of Absence to deal with a change in status?