Benefits Eligibility


Full-Time Benefits Eligibility

If you’re a regular full-time employee, you will be eligible for REI benefits on the first of the month following your date of hire or on your date of hire (if hired on the first of the month).

Part-Time Benefits Eligibility

Your eligibility is determined by your average hours over an evaluation period. You will be eligible for REI benefits if you average 20 or more hours per week over the course of a 12-month evaluation period. Once eligible, you will receive coverage for 12 months. Your hours are evaluated every year so that hours worked during busier times are included in your evaluation period. This helps minimize the seasonal impact of hours on your benefits eligibility. If you average 20 hours or more per week each year during the evaluation period, you will be eligible for 12 months of REI Benefits. If you average below 20 hours per week when your evaluation period ends, you have options through the government.

Benefits Eligibility Estimator Tool

Use the Benefits Eligibility Estimator Tool to find out your eligibility status based on your hire date. Watch the video above to learn about the details and rules for becoming eligible for REI Benefit Plans.

Average Weekly Hours and How It’s Used

AWH is hours tracked over a defined 12-month evaluation period to determine eligibity for benefits for part-time employees. AWH is also used to determine leave of absence and sabbatical pay. AWH provides a reliable snapshot of an employee’s average hours and is updated every pay period.

View your AWH in Employee Self Service (ESS) by going to Menu > Myself > Personal > Status/key dates.

Managers can view Employee AWH by going to Menu > My team > My employees > Search > Personal > Status/key dates.

Who Is Eligible for Coverage?


If you are eligible for REI Plan benefits, your same- or opposite-sex spouse is also eligible.

If covering a spouse, please review the tax considerations and spousal surcharge information below.

Life Partner

If you are in a committed relationship with a life partner and your relationship meets the specific requirements spelled out in the REI Life Partner Affidavit, your partner is eligible for most REI Plan benefits.*

If you are enrolling a life partner and you live in a state that requires a domestic partner filing, you must complete the REI Life Partner Affidavit or present proof to REI Human Resources of your domestic partner filing with the state. For information about state requirements and REI proof of registration, or to get a copy of state Domestic Partnership forms:

  • Visit REI’s Benefit Enrollment System
  • Contact the Employee Service Center at 1-800-999-4734 or

If covering a life partner, please review the tax considerations and spousal surcharge information below.


Your children are eligible for the REI Benefits Plan if they:

  • Are your biological, step or adopted children related to you by blood or marriage/life partnership, or children for whom the courts have given you, your spouse or your life partner rights, duties and obligations similar to those of a parent. This may include, but is not limited to, an award of legal custody or legal guardianship.
  • Are under age 26, or any age if they are incapable of self-support due to disability, provided the disability began before age 26.

You can enroll your life partner’s child if:

  • The child lives in your home, your life partner has residential custody of the child and the child meets the age limitations of the plan.

*Refer to the Summary Plan Description for a full list of requirements.

  • Your spouse’s (and eligible stepchildren’s) health benefits will no longer be taxed (imputed income) for federal tax purposes.
  • Your spouse’s (and eligible stepchildren’s) health benefits may no longer be taxed (imputed income) for state income tax purposes. Please note that tax rules vary by state.
  • The cost of coverage for your life partner’s health care coverage is considered income when calculating federal, state (if applicable), Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes.
  • You cannot claim life partner expenses under your FSA or HSA unless he or she is a tax dependent. See the Summary Plan Description for more details.

Spousal Surcharge

If your spouse/life partner is offered medical coverage through his or her employer but is not enrolled, and you enroll him or her in an REI medical plan, you will pay a surcharge of approximately $100 per month ($46.15 per pay period). If your spouse/life partner is an REI employee, you do not have to pay this surcharge if you enroll him or her in the REI Benefits Plan.

If you and your spouse/life partner are both REI employees:

  • Each of you may be covered only once—either as an employee or the spouse/life partner of an employee; and
  • You and your spouse/life partner may enroll your dependent children only once, either as your dependents or your spouse/life partner’s dependents.