Spouses and partners and kids, oh my!

You may enroll your eligible dependents* in Samsara benefits coverage, including:

  • Your spouse (as defined by applicable state law)

  • Your same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partner who meets certain criteria

  • Your dependent children, up to age 26

  • Your dependent children age 26 or older with a physical or mental disability as defined by the Social Security Administration

Definition of Children

  • Your or your domestic partner’s natural or adopted children

  • Your stepchildren whom you support and who live with you in a parent-child relationship

  • Children placed in your home for adoption

  • Any other children you support and are legal guardian for or those you are required to provide coverage for as the result of a qualified medical child support order

Domestic Partner Definition

If you’re enrolling a domestic partner in your Samsara benefits, you’ll be asked to attest to your domestic partner relationship and confirm that you’ve met all the eligibility requirements listed below for the past 12 months.

  • Are both at least 18 years old

  • Share a close personal relationship and are responsible for each other's welfare

  • Are each other's sole domestic partner

  • Have been in a domestic partner relationship for at least 12 months

  • Are not married to anyone/and have not had another domestic partner in the past 12 months

  • Are not related by blood closely enough to bar marriage in the state of residence

  • Share the same regular and permanent residence, with the current intent to continue doing so indefinitely

If you and your domestic partner meet the above criteria, you will be required to provide at least one of the following documents to prove joint responsibility for each other’s welfare and financial obligations (any secure information and account balances may be blacked out):

  • Registration of your domestic partnership/civil union under the applicable governmental (international, national, state or local) registry service.

  • Jointly held mortgage or lease.

  • Joint checking or savings account.

  • Designation of the employee’s domestic partner as a substantial beneficiary on the employee’s life insurance,  retirement plans, will, or execution of a durable power of attorney in favor of the employees's domestic partner.

Imputed income will apply when you enroll a domestic partner

  • You will be taxed on your dependents' coverage, including premiums that Samsara pays on your partner’s behalf as domestic partnership coverage is not considered an eligible pre-tax dependent under IRS rules.

Qualifying Life Event: Dissolution of Domestic Partnership

  • Employees that enrolled a domestic partner for benefits under the Samsara Benefits Plan and are now requesting to remove them from those plans will need to provide the signed Dissolution of Domestic Partnership document and provide when making the change as a Qualifying Life Event.

*Note: Here are some examples of ineligible dependents- Parents, in-laws, siblings (there may be exceptions if you are a legal guardian of a minor)

Need Help?

We’ve partnered with Alliant Employee Benefits to make sure you have personalized support when you need it. You have access to Benefits Advocates who you can contact directly via phone or email for benefits help.

  • Email: samsara@alliant.com

  • Or call: (925) 378-6828

    • 8 am – 5:00 pm (M-Th) Pacific Time

    • 8 am – 4:30 pm (Fri) Pacific Time

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