The Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011

Senate Bill 30 was signed into law and becomes effective January 1, 2012.  As of that date, individuals who enter into a lawful same-sex civil union in Delaware, or whose same-sex marriage is a recognized civil union under Delaware law, will have the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law.

Accordingly, University of Delaware employees entering into a civil union in Delaware on or after January 1, 2012, who wish to add their civil union spouse and/or their civil union spouse's children onto their health and prescription drug plan must notify the University Office of Human Resources no later than 30 days after their Delaware civil union. 

Employees who have entered into a civil union or same-sex marriage in another jurisdiction prior to January 1, 2012, have until January 31, 2012 to add their civil union spouse and/or their civil union spouse's children onto their University health and prescription drug plan.

Employees who fail to enroll their newly-eligible family members by January 31, 2012, or within 30 days after their Delaware civil union, whichever is applicable, will not be permitted to add their civil union spouse and/or spouse's children onto their University health and prescription drug plan until the next Flexible Benefits Open Enrollment in May, for coverage effective July 1.

Enrollment Process
The employee must provide a copy of their Marriage/Civil Union Certification issued by, and legally recognized by, a state or municipality, and must complete and submit to HR-Benefits the following:

Family Status and Benefit Change Form
Certification of Tax Dependent Status for Civil Union Spouse/Children
Spousal Coordination of Benefits Form (Policy)

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources
Eligible employees may contact HR-Benefits by e-mail (hrhelp@udel.edu) with questions and/or to make changes to their benefit elections.