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Household Changes and Life Events Reporting

Staff must immediately report any life events or changes in household status within 60 days of the life event, even if the supporting documents are not immediately available. Staff must follow up with the outstanding information once it is available.

Life events are as follows:

Change in household status includes but is not limited to:

  • Addition of other members to household. Example: elderly parent
  • Removal of other members from household. Example: G5 domestic help


  • To report these changes, staff must send an email to HR Operations (for HQ staff) or the country office (CO) HR administrator (for CO staff).
  • If the Life Event request has not been submitted within the 60-day period, the following options are available:
    • Submit the Life Event request during the Open Enrollment period, which will be effective January 1 of the following year.
    • When an eligible dependent (newly enrolled in household) loses outside coverage, the staff member has 60 days from the loss of coverage date to enroll the dependent by submitting the required proof.

It is important to know that life events and household status changes have critical benefits implications, such as:


In case of conflict between this guidance and the applicable staff rule, the staff rule prevails.