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Disability or death of a former employee  (Updated Jul 19, 2021.)  Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

Please note that the HP Alumni Association is an independent volunteer group of former employees. Not officially endorsed or supported by any company. You must contact the various HP-related companies that the person worked for.

1. Determine which HP-related companies they were a retiree or former employee of.

Given HP's complex history of  acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company that a person was a former employee of may not be obvious. They may be a retiree or former employee of more that one HP-related company. Check here: Which Company

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the Hewlett-Packard Company was renamed HP Inc. and a new, independent company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other companies. Details: HP Breakup  Note: HP Labs is part of HP Inc. -- but Hewlett Packard Labs (no hyphen) is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

HPInc is the legal successor to the companies acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Company before the company was split into HPInc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE.) Responsibility for any commitments to former employees of Autonomy, Compaq, Digital, EDS, Tandem, etc. remain with HPInc -- regardless of whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HPInc or HPE. This includes employment verification and any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. HPE is responsible for any commitments to former employees of companies acquired by HPE, such as Cray, Nimble, etc. (About the HP Breakup)

2. Notify the appropriate HPInc and/or HPE Benefits Center(s):  Benefits Center phone numbers

In the past, we had reports that the HPInc or HPE Benefits Centers did not notify all benefits and finance providers, but instead recommended additional notifications. A more recent report indicates that they do perform notifications. In any case, you should directly contact the appropriate retirement administrator(s), as indicated below, to ensure that any pension or 401(k) issues are resolved.

3. Health coverage of dependents:

Refer to the appropriate current Benefits Enrollment Guide. We have official, searchable pdf copies of the Enrollment Guides on the HPAA website:  https://www.hpalumni.org/EnrollmentGuides

The 2020 editions state:

- HP: "...if at any time you elect not to participate in HP retiree medical coverage, there may be restrictions on your future ability to enroll... If you die after declining HP coverage, your surviving dependents will not be eligible to participate in HP benefits following your death. Only dependents who are covered on the date of your death can continue HP coverage." (page 18)

- HPE: "You die after declining HPE coverage. Your surviving dependents will not be eligible to participate in benefits following your death. Only dependents who are covered on the date of your death can continue coverage. For information about survivor benefits, call the HPE Benefits Center."

Tip: Lots packed into the Enrollment Guides. Even if you have a paper copy, much easier to use if you download the current copy and use Adobe Reader's search feature to find specific words or phrases. (To search for a word or phrase in a pdf file, press Ctrl and F together on a PC -- or Command and F on a Mac.)

4. Stock:  Depending on how the person managed their employment-related stock, this can be a major challenge.

There may be stock in up to seven HP-related companies, depending on when they worked at HP. Many find stray accounts -- or discover stock or dividends turned over to a state as "unclaimed."

An HP Alumni team has developed a step-by-step process to help find it and protect it. https://www.hpalumni.org/stock 

5. Pension or 401(k) plan: In general, pension and 401(k) issues are resolved when a person leaves the company. However, you should directly contact the appropriate retirement administrator(s) to ensure that any pension or 401(k) issues are resolved:

- The HPInc Retirement Service Center administers pension and 401(k) accounts for HPInc (formerly named Hewlett-Packard Company.) Also administers any pension or 401(k) accounts that Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies (such as Compaq, Digital, and EDS) may have had. Operated by Fidelity Investments.
1-800-457-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central Time. Outside the U.S., call 1-508-787-9902 collect. Website: https://nb.fidelity.com/public/nb/hp/home

- The HPE Retirement Service Center administers pension and 401(k) accounts for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Also administers any pension or 401(k) accounts that companies acquired by HPE since the HPInc/HPE split (Cray, Nimble, etc.) may have had. Operated by Fidelity Investments.1-800-409-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central Time. Outside the U.S., call 1-508-787-9902 collect. Website: https://nb.fidelity.com/public/nb/default/home

6. HP-related life insurance. See https://www.hpalumni.org/Insurance for information on portable company-subsidized insurance plans and non-subsidized insurance discount programs. The employee/retiree death benefit was discontinued in 2010.

7. Run an online search for unclaimed property. Check any state they lived or worked in. Also check the state of incorporation and state of corporate headquarters for every employer (DE and CA for HP, DE and TX for EDS or Compaq, etc.) https://www.hpalumni.org/Unclaimed  State of incorporation for each stock is given in our Stock Decoder table.


If you need to contact the corporate headquarters of either company:

- HPInc (Palo Alto, CA)  https://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/office-locations.html

- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Houston, TX)  https://www.hpe.com/us/en/contact-hpe.html

Announcements to HP community. Obituary and memorial service announcements

If you are receiving benefits from the company based on the retirement status of your spouse or parent, you may want to join the independent, volunteer HP Alumni Association's Benefits Forum with your own email address. Discuss U.S. HP/HPInc/HPE COBRA and retiree health benefits, including Annual Enrollment and transition to Medicare. Summarized here: Benefits Menu
Join HPAA Benefits Forum

If you are an heir dealing with HP-related stock, you may want to join the independent, volunteer HP Alumni Association's Finance Forum with your own email address. Discuss U.S. pension, employee stock, Social Security, and other personal finance issues from an ex-HP perspective. Summarized here: Finance Menu  Join HPAA Finance Forum


For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of HP, HPInc, or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving -- join the HP Alumni Association. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.


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