Birth, Adoption or Placement for Adoption

Birth of Child

Things to consider:

  • Notify the Benefits Office within 30 days of the birth of the baby
  • Enroll newborn into GVSU Benefit Plans through the eBenefits site.
  • Send in Social Security information once card is received
  • Review FMLA policy

You may also want to:

Adoption

Things to consider:

  • Notify the Benefits Office within 30 days of the date of Adoption
  • Enroll dependent(s) into GVSU Benefit Plans
    • Complete correct Medical Plan Enrollment form
    • Return form to HR within 30 days of the adoption
    • Bring a copy of the court order for the adoption

You may also want to:

  • Submit form for adoption reimbursement for up to $3000 for eligible expenses related to adoption
  • Enroll your dependent into the Dependent Life Insurance Program
  • Add/change life Insurance beneficiary
  • Change beneficiary with retirement vendor
    • TIAA/CREF
    • Fidelity
    • Hourly Staff Defined Benefit Pension Program
  • Increase Flexible Spending account(s)
  • Complete FSA enrollment form
  • Return form to HR within 30 days of the adoption

Placement of a child - Guardianship or Foster Care

Things to consider:

  • Notify the Benefits Office within 30 days of the date of Birth
  • Enroll dependent(s) into GVSU Benefit Plans
  • Complete the proper Medical Plan Enrollment form
    • Return form to HR within 30 days of the Birth
    • Bring a copy of the court order for the adoption

You may also want to:

  • Enroll your dependent into the Dependent Life Insurance Program
  • Add/change life Insurance beneficiary
  • Change beneficiary with retirement vendor
    • TIAA/CREF
    • New England Financial
    • Fidelity
    • Hourly Staff Defined Benefit Pension Program
  • Increase Flexible Spending account(s)
  • Complete FSA enrollment form
  • Return form to HR within 30 days of placement

Worklife and Encompass

Encompass and our Worklife Consultant are here to help you. 

  • Feel free at any time to contact our Worklife Consultant Sue Sloop.
  • GVSU Work Life Connections is your link to information, resources, and referrals on most any concern or life event that you may experience. Through our employee assistance service, Encompass, we can assist you in getting the support, information and answers that you need, get you on the right track again, and take some of the stress out of your life.
  • Encompass will provide:
    • Free Counseling for faculty, staff and their dependents
    • Elder Care Resource and Referral
    • Child Care Referrals
    • Financial and Legal Services
    • Convenience Services and more!
    • Free Books on parenting