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Retiree/Dependent Checklist. Benefits, pension/401(k), more.    (Updated Mar 5, 2022.)

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1. Official contact points

There is useful information for all former employees on the official retiree websites -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address.

HP (HP Inc.) contacts for former employees:  HPAA's directory of HP contacts  

HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company) contacts for former employees:  HPAA's directory of HPE contacts


2. HPAA member advice  

If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist. Practical advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

Classification as a "retiree." If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service, or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80, or left under an early retirement program -- HP and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment Dept. claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims. 

To determine if you have any HP, HPE, or DEC retiree or dependent health benefits:
- Download the most recent HP or HP Enterprise Enrollment Guide here on the HPAlumni website: Enrollment Guides.  Lots packed into an Enrollment Guide. Even if you have a paper copy, download the current file and use Adobe Reader's search feature to find specific words or phrases. (Press Ctrl and F together on a PC -- or Command and F on a Mac.)
- Then call the appropriate Benefits Center to go over your specific situation in detail -- which may include COBRA, reimbursement accounts, Medicare, coverage for dependents, etc. Phone numbers and member advice: HPAA's Contacts page  

To determine if you have any forgotten HP, HPE, DEC, or EDS pension benefits:  HP    HPE    EDS    DEC   

If you got a letter from Social Security entitled "Potential Private Retirement Benefit." Look at the "Year Reported" and the table on the back of the letter. If "Type of Benefit" is "A" -- you rolled to a different plan, bought an annuity, or took cash. How to decode and what to do: https://www.hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter.

Make sure that the legal successor to every company you ever worked for has your current postal address. Even if not classified by the company as a "Retiree" or if long gone -- in case of pension plan changes, employment lawsuits, settlements, or other issues. (HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired by Hewlett-Packard before the company was split into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, including DEC, EDS, etc.) Update address at former company

Service at predecessor companies. Of the many Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies, only HP and DEC had retiree healthcare programs. Only HP, DEC, and EDS had pension plans. Over the years, HP, DEC, and EDS set aside money in dedicated trust funds to pay for those programs. Compaq, Tandem, Autonomy, etc. did not have retiree healthcare or pensions among their benefits programs. Their employees did not have those expectations and there were no corresponding trust funds to pass on to an acquiring company. Therefore, employees of those companies do not get credit under HP's retiree healthcare or pension programs for service at the predecessor. (DEC employees get retiree health credit for DEC and HP service but not Compaq service.) Predecessor service counts for vacation/FTO. Details: DEC  EDS

Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Given HP's history of acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company

Info for those who worked at:  Agilent    Autonomy    Compaq    DEC    DXC    EDS    HP    HPE    Keysight    Micro Focus    Perspecta    Tandem    Other acquisitions and spinoffs 

Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Even if not currently looking, you need a strong, credible profile on LinkedIn. People check you out before working with you. Recruiters run searches for particular skills and background. In addition, LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work.

Check your profile. LinkedIn has been standardizing company names, with odd results. Recruiters view illogical entries -- such as HPE positions before 2015 -- as fake. (HPE changed many decades-old HP positions to display the HPE name and logo.) Watch for typos, like "principle engineer." You may wish to emphasize (or de-emphasize) some of your experience and background.

Tricks and traps: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn

Job posts on LinkedIn. To see job openings shared by other HP alumni -- and post opportunities at your current employer: Join the "HP Connections" group on LinkedIn (Operated by HPAA, but HPAA membership not required.) 

Sorting out the different types of financial salespeople and advisors. Member Advice: How to Choose a Financial Advisor.

Comments: info@hpalumni.org


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