Changing your Relationship Status
When there is a change in your relationship status, some changes to your K-C benefits will be necessary. You’ll have the opportunity to re-enroll in some of your benefits and it’s best to do it as soon as possible after your change in status is official.
In the First 30 Days!
Adjust Your Dependent Elections in Your K-C Benefits
Different benefit plans handle this addition in different ways—so read the relevant Summary Plan Descriptions (SPD). Click on Plan Information and choose Summary Plan Descriptions and Policy Booklets to make sure you understand the eligibility rules.
You have 30 days from your change in status to log in to K-C Benefit Compass and add/drop a dependent. Choose the Life Events tile, then select the Marriage or Divorce option, and follow the instructions.
Update Your Beneficiaries and Your Tax Withholding
They’re easy steps to forget, but you need to adjust your beneficiaries in several of your benefit plans (including K-C’s Income Protection benefits) to ensure you're protected if disaster strikes.
And, if you want a different amount withheld from your paycheck for tax purposes, update your preferences in Workday. For help, call the K-C HR Contact Center at 866-444-4516 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
A Note on Dependent Eligibility Verification
In the future, you'll be required to provide documentation certifying your new dependent’s eligibility for benefits—so don’t lose track of your marriage license or similar document(s). Click here to learn more about the documents required and how to submit them to Empyrean.
Have your plans for retirement changed?
Don’t forget to think about any impact your relationship change will have on your retirement plans. With a change in relationship status, it's important to ask yourself if you need to increase your savings. Fidelity offers financial planning assistance at no cost to you!
Getting Help With Change
Change can be hard. You may also want to consider consulting with a legal advisor or counselor. The K-C Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can refer you to a relationship counselor at no cost to you.