If I leave Hess, do I have to return reimbursements I’ve already received?

No. Any reimbursements you received prior to leaving Hess are yours to keep.

What happens if I leave Hess before I am reimbursed?

If you leave Hess, any eligible expenses incurred but not reimbursed prior to your last day at work are not eligible for reimbursement.

Must I be employed by Hess to be reimbursed?

Yes. To be eligible for reimbursement, expenses must have been incurred and the adoption must be finalized while you are employed by Hess.

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?

Necessary and reasonable expenses for the primary purpose of adoption are eligible for reimbursement through the program. These include:

  • Application fees
  • Home suitability studies
  • Agency and placement fees
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Immigration, immunization and translation fees
  • Parent, child and family adoption counseling

How much can I receive?

You can receive up to $10,000 per adoption, tax-free for up to two successful adoptions.

Any expenses reimbursed in an unsuccessful adoption before a successful adoption count toward the $10,000 reimbursement limit. The limit is reset after a successful adoption.

Who can I adopt?

To receive reimbursement under this program, the child you adopt must be under age 18 and not your stepchild.

You can also adopt someone of any age who is physically or mentally unable to care for him or herself.

When do I become eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the program from your first day of work at Hess.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the program if you are a regular full-time employee working 30 or more hours per week. If both you and your spouse work at Hess, only one of you can request reimbursement for adoption-related expenses under this program.

STD kicks in after five days. Does that mean that if I’m sick (bad cold or the flu, for instance) and need to be out four or five days, I do not have to contact the leave administrator until it goes beyond five days?

Correct. You only have to call the leave administrator on the sixth day out.

Does the Short-Term Disability (STD) program cover three months of maternity leave at 100 percent salary?

No, unless you were disabled for three months. You only get full pay for the first three months of maternity leave if you are disabled and approved for the full three months of leave. The leave administrator will approve eight weeks of disability for maternity leave (regardless of the type of delivery). You can also take an additional eight weeks of Paid Family Leave for child-bonding time at 100 percent of pay. For more information on Paid Family Leave, click here.

This website provides highlights of the Hess Corporation benefits plans and programs for 2022. If there is any discrepancy between the information provided on this website and the official plan documents, the official plan documents will govern. Hess reserves the right to amend or terminate the plans at its discretion at any time.