Life Events Home>Life>Life Events What you need to know You may reach certain career or personal milestones, or experience life events – like getting married – that require updates to your Sandia Human Resources records or that affect your Sandia benefits. Table of contents Qualifying Life Events Certain life events, such as getting married, having a child, or getting divorced, can mean that your benefits coverage may need to change too. These life events are called qualifying events that allow you to change your benefits during the year instead of having to wait for the annual open enrollment period. You have 31 days from the date of the qualifying life event to change your benefits. These life events include: Getting married Getting divorced Adding or dropping a dependent Having your employment status or job classification change, affecting your benefits eligibility (for example, you move from part-time to full-time employment or vice versa) Having your spouse’s employment status change, affecting his or her benefits eligibility under that employer’s plan Back to top chevron-up Leaving Sandia? Be sure you understand what happens with your benefits coverage. Get the details. Other Milestones and Life Events You may have other milestones (such as changing your name or earning a degree) that require you to update your personal HR information with Sandia to keep it current: Verifying employment or salary history Changing your name Changing your address Earning a degree or experiencing a change in veteran status Reporting the death of an employee Back to top chevron-up There are some benefit changes that you can make at any time during the year: Update your savings and income plan contributions, elections, and beneficiaries Update your life insurance beneficiaries Discontinue Sandia Extras programs, if you’re enrolled Adding to the Family? From pregnancy, to newborn days at home, to returning to work, Sandia’s Expectant Parent Program supports you through the baby steps of the parenting journey. Learn more Anchor point for link block Get More Details Verification of Employment Marriage Getting Divorced Adding or Dropping a Dependent Name Change Personal Information Changes to HR Record COBRA Quick Tip Is your next life event retirement? Plan ahead with support from Sandia. These programs include your benefits during retirement, as well as connections to develop and maintain your social communities within the Sandia network.