Your benefits eligibility – and your family’s

See the benefits that apply to you

Full-time faculty or staff

Part-time faculty or staff

USC Physician Associate

Verdugo Hills employee

Union employee

Postdoctoral scholar

Retired or soon to retire

What about your family?

Who’s eligible

  • Spouse or registered domestic partner as defined by the state of California
  • Children up to age 26
  • Dependent children, regardless of age, who are totally disabled due to mental or physical incapacity (you may be asked for an updated disabled status verification from time to time)

Eligibility ends if any of the conditions above cease to exist (for instance, child turns 26).

Note also that what the university pays for your domestic partner’s benefits is considered imputed income to you, so corresponding taxes come out of every paycheck unless you claim your domestic partner on your taxes.

How to verify your family members

When you add family members (called “dependents” in Workday), you’ll be asked to document these relationships within 5 days by showing the relevant paperwork.

We know that sometimes it takes months to get certain government-issued documents. But don’t delay enrolling in your benefits while you wait! Provisional documents can be accepted in some cases, providing for temporary enrollment. However, failure to provide final official documents (listed below) within three months of the date your coverage started will result in your coverage being cancelled. Examples of provisional documents include, for marriage, a copy of application for marriage license, or a copy of a church certificate. For birth, a copy of a letter from the hospital that is often given to parents would work. Contact the HR Service Center for help.

Required official documents

Spouse

  • Marriage certificate that contains official seal of issuing government agency and is an exact copy of original on file at issuing agency

Registered domestic partner

  • Domestic partnership certificate that contains official seal of issuing government agency and is an exact copy of original on file at issuing agency

Biological child

  • Birth certificate that contains official seal of issuing government agency and is an exact copy of original on file at issuing agency, verifying that the sponsoring employee is the mother or father of the child

Adopted child

  • Birth certificate that contains official seal of issuing government agency and is an exact copy of original on file at issuing agency, modified as part of the adoption proceedings to show that the sponsoring employee is the adoptive parent

Stepchild

  • Birth certificate that contains official seal of issuing government agency and is an exact copy of original on file at issuing agency, verifying that the sponsoring employee’s spouse or registered domestic partner is the parent of the child, AND
  • marriage or domestic partnership certificate (as described in “Spouse” and “Registered domestic partner” sections above) verifying marriage or domestic partnership of sponsoring employee to or with child’s parent

Legal guardianship with financial dependency

  • Certified copy of court orders stating that sponsoring employee is legal guardian of child, AND
  • most recent tax forms filed with the IRS in which child is claimed as a dependent (note that neither Execution of Power of Attorney papers granting said powers to a non-parent, nor an award of temporary custody to a non-parent, are equivalent to legal guardianship)