A family status change refers to a scenario where something has happened to an employee’s familial situation and changes may be in order to the employee’s benefits package. Events that would fall under a family status change include getting married, having a child, getting divorced, going through the death of a family member or having a spouse who has lost his or her job and no longer receives separate benefits. According to guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service, the employee may request an alteration in family status by going to the human resources department of his or her business. The employee has 30 days from the moment of the event in order to ask for a change.
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