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New Hire

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As a new employee, you are now eligible to elect coverage in your employer's health and welfare, retirement and other employee benefit programs. You may have a lot of benefit plan options to choose from--some of which your employer will pay the full cost of, share the cost with you, or be paid entirely by you. Your employer will inform you of the effective (start) date of your benefits coverage during your new hire orientation.

If you plan to enroll in your new employer's health plans at time of hire, it is important that you submit your plan enrollment forms or enroll online within the designated period of time or you may not be able to enroll until the annual open enrollment period. Don't forget to submit your beneficiary (life, retirement, etc.) forms along with your enrollment information. If you plan to waive participation in your new employer's health plans (medical, dental, vision), you may need to sign a waiver statement and provide proof of other medical coverage (e.g., coverage under a spouse's plan). If you waive health insurance coverage at time of hire and experience a change in status, you may be able to enroll in your employer's plan prior to the annual open enrollment period. Use the below checklist to guide you in what benefit changes you may need to consider. Click on each link for a brief description of the items in the checklist.

  • Medical insurance plan -
  • Dental -
  • Vision -
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account -
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account -
  • Employee Basic Life Insurance -
  • Employee Basic AD&D -
  • Employee Supplemental Life Insurance -
  • Spouse/Domestic Partner Life Insurance -
  • Dependent Child Life Insurance -
  • Short-term Disability (STD) -
  • Long-term Disability (LTD) -
  • Retirement plans -
  • Long Term Care insurance -
  • Commuter/Transit (Section 132 Plan) -
  • 529 College Savings Plan -
  • Education Assistance/Tuition Reimbursement -
  • Other Voluntary Benefits -
  • Employee Assistance Program -
  • Credit Union -
  • Wellness -
  • Open Enrollment -
  • Update Beneficiary Forms -
  • W-4 -