Disability or death of a former employee
Jul 19, 2021.) Questions or comments to:
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:
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:
Labs is part of HP Inc. -- but
Labs (no hyphen) is part of Hewlett
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
Refer to the appropriate current Benefits
We have official, searchable pdf
copies of the Enrollment Guides on the HPAA website:
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.)
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.
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
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:
- 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.
6. HP-related life insurance. See
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
If you need to contact the corporate headquarters
of either company:
- HPInc (Palo Alto, CA)
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Houston, TX)
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:
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:
Join HPAA Finance Forum