Did you recently join our McClatchy team?

How exciting! We have done our best to layout below the most need-to-know benefit information below so you don't have to stress and can start enjoying your work right away.

Review benefits

Explore this site or our benefit guide to learn more about what each benefit covers as well as the associated costs. You will also want to review our eligibility policies so you're aware of who you're able to cover. For help making these important choices review our "Choosing My Benefits" page.

If you have questions please check out the New Hire FAQ at the bottom of this page.

Enroll in benefits

You have 31 days from the time your in our system (typically by your second day of employment) to enroll in our benefits.

You'll need your 7-digit employee ID number in order to log into Employee Self Service. Go back to your onboarding portal for the default passwords to the system or reach out to your people team for those default passwords.

To enroll you'll need to go to Employee Self Service (Main Menu>Self Service>Benefits>Benefits Enrollment).

Verify your personal information

Verify your personal information in Employee Self Service such as address, emergency contact, and federal tax withholdings under Main Menu> Self Service>Personal Information.

All your benefit information such as ID cards and Budco verification will be mailed to your address on file so triple-check its corrrect.

Submit eligibility documents to BUDCO

If you add a dependent onto a McClatchy health care plan, you will need to submit additional documentation to Budco to verify your dependent's eligibility for this coverage.

You will receive instructions directly from Budco in the mail around 2 weeks after enrollment; this process is required to avoid having your dependent losing coverage from non-compliance. More about the Budco verification process can be found here.

Submit Evidence of Insurability (EOI)

Upon initial eligibility, new hires (or any newly eligible employees/spouses) may elect up to $250,000 in employee supplemental life insurance and up to $50,000 in spouse or domestic partner supplemental life insurance without providing EOI.

If you elect more than the above amounts you will need to submit EOI documents directly to The Hartford. You will receive a packet in the mail regarding the EOI process 2 weeks after enrollment. More about the EOI verification process can be found here.

Start contributing to our 401(k)

Generally, after 6 months of employment and 375 hours of service, you'll be able to start contributing to our 401(k).

Enroll online at www.vanguard.com or by phone at (800)523-1188 (Plan #098630).

If you want to roll over your current 401(k) account, please let your onboarding specialist know.

New Hire FAQ

Active, regular part-time and full-time employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week are eligible for benefits outlined in this booklet on the 1st of the month following 30 days from date of hire.* You may also enroll eligible dependents in certain benefits.

For example, if your start date was October 3, 30 days after would be November 3 which means your benefits would take effect December 1.

* Temporary employees are eligible 1st of the month following 60 days from date of hire.

  1. Medical insurance
  2. Dental insurance
  3. Vision Insurance
  4. Health Care Reimbursement Plan*
  5. Dependent Care Assistance Plan
  6. Long-term disability insurance buy-up
  7. Supplemental Employee Life Insurance
  8. Supplemental Dependent Life Insurance
  9. Supplemental Child Life Insurance
  10. Accident Insurance
  11. Critical Illness Insurance
  12. Identity Theft Insurance

*Only available to those enrolled in the Classic Care Plan.

Benefit-eligible employees are automatically enrolled in:

    1. Wellness Program- Helps drive sustainable, long-term behavior change by providing daily engagement tools and personalized micro-learning.
    2. Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance- Protects you and minimize your financial worries should you become ill or injured and unable to work.
    3. Basic Life & ADPL Insurance- Helps by providing a foundation of financial protection for your family if something happens to you.
    4. Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- Provides you and your family with confidential support, resources and referrals for every aspect of your work and personal life.

All employees receive access to EAP benefits and are eligible to enroll in pet insurance.

Just send an email to 401k@mcclatchy.com and ask for an account to be set up manually. Once set up, you'll be able to call up Vanguard (800-523-1188) for rollover instructions.

Generally, once you have worked for McClatchy for six months and worked at least 375 hours during a six-month period, will you be eligible to start contributing to the 401(k). See the 401(k) page for more details.

Alex is an interactive tool here to help make topics, such as the differences between our health care plans. It's easy to understand and assists you in making the best decision about which plan to enroll in.

Click here to get started!

Employer contributions are prorated, depending on when your medical coverage begins and the level of coverage you selected. The company deposits money into your HSA up twice a year, again dependent upon when your coverage begins.

For instance, if your benefits start Sept. 1st and you elected family coverage, you would be eligible to receive a total of $335 in October. Beginning the following year, you will be eligible for the full amount provided by the company ($1000 for Family). You'll want to reference the 2020/2021 HSA Employer Contribution Schedule. to see when you can expect the company to deposit funds into your HSA.

  • SSN and DOB for new dependent(s)
  • Decide who your beneficiaries will be

Log in to Employee Self Service (ESS) then go to: Main Menu > Self Service > Benefits > Benefits enrollment

*ESS is only accessible on the McClatchy network or remotely via VPN. Please contact help@mcclatchy.com or call 800-888-3272 for technical assistance.

No fear! We've created step-by-step instructions which also includes a convenient video to follow.

You are also more than welcome to reach out to the Livewell team via email or phone:

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

McClatchy's LiveWell team is here to help you get the most out of our benefits programs! If you have any questions please contact the LiveWelll team: