Human Resources

Getting Married

Congratulations on your marriage!  Marriage is a Qualified Life Event which allows you to make changes to, and enroll in, certain benefits mid-year. 

Although you may be currently enrolled in benefits for yourself and other eligible dependents, coverage for your new dependent is not automatic.  Based on your Qualified Life Event, you may enroll for the first time, increase coverage, or add your new dependent on an existing benefit plan. Your share of the premium costs may be increased depending on the change.  Any change in premium costs will be effective on the first administratively possible pay period following receipt of the Benefits Enrollment & Change form. 

To add your new spouse to your benefits, complete the Benefits Enrollment & Change form and return it with a copy of your marriage certificate to the WHOI Benefits Team:

  • MS#15
  • Fax: 508-457-2173
  • Email:

Please remember to password protect any documents sent via email.  The password should be sent to in a separate email.

Within 31 days of your coverage effective date, you must also submit a copy of your marriage certificate to otherwise your coverage is subject to cancellation.

Domestic Partnership

A Domestic Partner is an eligible dependent under some of WHOI's Benefit Programs.  For more information on Domestic Partners, please visit the Eligible Dependents page or click here.

Beneficiary Designation

It is important to keep a record of your beneficiary designations and to update them whenever your circumstances change. Keep a copy of all beneficiary designations and review them periodically. You may change your beneficiary designations at any time.  For more information on how to update your beneficiary information, please click here.

Last updated: December 29, 2016