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Your Sony Pictures benefits coverage is effective on your first day of employment; however, you have 31 days from your date of hire to enroll in benefits. No matter when you enroll within that 31-day window, your benefits will be effective retroactively to your date of hire.

You have 31 days to enroll in health benefits. If you do nothing, Sony Pictures automatically enrolls you — but none of your dependents — in certain default coverage.  Refer to your New Hire Benefits Guide for details. 

You’re locked into your benefit choices until the next open enrollment unless you experience a qualifying change in status or life event during the year.

If you are hired between October 18 and December 31, Benefits Center will prompt you to enroll in the current year’s benefits first. Once completed, the portal will take you to enroll in benefits for the following year as well. If you do not enroll in the following year’s benefits, your elections will rollover from the current year. However, certain benefits may require annual enrollment to continue. 

Sony USA 401(K)

Eligible employees have 45 days from date of hire to enroll in or waive Sony USA 401(k) Plan. You’ll get a packet of information from T. Rowe Price, Sony’s 401(k) administrator, with details about the plan.

If you don’t act within 45 days, you’ll be defaulted into the plan with a 6% contribution rate. Contributions will automatically increase 1% annually on the enrollment anniversary date until you reach a contribution rate of 10%.

Find out more at, or call 1-877-766-9728.

Current employees can enroll and make benefit elections changes  during open enrollment which typically occurs annually in October. Current benefit elections will carry over to  the following year, except for FSA and HSA contribution amounts, if applicable. Any changes made during open enrollment will be effective January 1 of the following year. 

You may make changes during the year if you have an eligible change in status or qualifying life event.  If you experience a life event you must submit your benefits change request to Sony Pictures Benefits Center within 31 days of the event date.  Any changes in your benefits must be consistent with your status change. Refer to the Summary Plan Description for more details.

Life Events

Add your legally married spouse or domestic partner to your coverage within 31 days of the event date.  Note that you must provide proof of eligibility when enrolling a dependent for the first time.  

Contact the SPE Benefits Center to report a life event. 

Welcoming a new child to your family?  For a birth, adoption or getting legal custody of a child, you have 31 days from the event date to add or drop coverage.  Note you must provide proof of eligibility when enrolling a dependent for the first time.  

Contact the SPE Benefits Center to report a life event.

Drop your legally married spouse or domestic partner from your coverage within 31 days of the event date.  

Contact the SPE Benefits Center to report a life event.

If you experience any other life event during the year including: 
•    death of a dependent or loss of legal custody; or
•    You or a dependent gains or loses benefit eligibility elsewhere; or
•    a change in your dependent care costs.  

 Contact the SPE Benefits Center to report a life event.

Who's Eligible

Access the Sony Pictures Benefits Center to see the benefits available to you.

Eligible dependents include:
•    Legally married spouse or domestic partner,
•    Children up to 26 years old who meet the program’s definition of an eligible dependent, regardless of full-time student status, through the end of the month in which they turn 26, or
•    Children of any age who became physically or mentally disabled by age 26 and who depend on you for financial support (validation of disability required).

Note: Eligible children are your biological children, stepchildren, legally adopted children, foster children or children of your legally married spouse or your domestic partner, provided that for stepchildren or children of a domestic partner you furnish more than half their support. You may enroll your domestic partner’s children only if your domestic partner is enrolled.

You and your domestic partner must meet these requirements to be eligible for coverage: 

A)    Your not legally married and are registered domestic partners, or entered into a lawful civil union in the state where you live; or 
B)    You must meet and attest to all these requirements and complete an affidavit of spousal equivalency

•    Your domestic partner and you are each other’s sole domestic partner, and are emotionally committed to each other for mutual care and support, and intend to remain so indefinitely; and 

•    You’ve lived together in the same home for a full six months and intend to remain so indefinitely; and

•    You’re jointly responsible for each other’s financial welfare and basic living expenses (you’re financially interdependent); and

•    You’re both at least age 18 and mentally competent to consent to a contract under the laws of the state in which you live; an 

•    You’re not related by blood closer than would bar marriage under applicable law in effect where you live; and

•    You’re not legally married to each other and aren’t legally married to or separated from anyone else.

There are tax implications of coverage a domestic partner.  Refer to the medical plan SPD for details about domestic partner coverage.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Review your current benefits, access enrollment materials
  • Check to see if your doctor is in the Aetna network using Aetna’s Provider Search.
  • Use Emma, Benefit Center’s online Adviser to help you understand which plan may be right for you.
  • Review the Summary of Benefits Coverage (SBC) at for a summary of each plan.
  • Enroll in or waive coverage through Sony Pictures Benefits Center or call 1-833-9-SONY-01.

After you enroll, please print or save your confirmation page. Notify the Sony Pictures Benefits Center immediately if you see a discrepancy  between the benefits you elected and withholding from your pay.

If you miss this enrollment window, you must wait until the next open enrollment to make changes, unless you experience a qualifying life event during the year.

This site provides summary information on certain Sony Pictures Entertainment benefits. The benefits are governed by the official plan documents (which may include underlying contracts). This site is not intended to amend or revise any official plan document or change the terms of any plan in any way. The site is believed to be accurate as of the publish date; however, it is subject to change without notice. In the event of any inconsistency between the plan documents and the information on this site, the terms of the plan documents, as interpreted by the plan administrator in its sole discretion, control in all cases. Sony Pictures reserves the right to amend, suspend, or terminate these benefits plans or programs at any time for any reason. This site is intended for employees and their dependents eligible for Sony Pictures’ benefits plans and programs for information purposes only and is neither an offer of any payment of benefits nor a guarantee of continued employment or payment of any future benefits. Nothing contained in this site alters the at-will nature of employment of Sony Pictures’ at-will employees. To the extent eligible employees are employed by Sony Pictures pursuant to a written employment agreement, nothing in this site alters any provisions therein, including, but not limited to, the duration, term, or termination provisions of the agreement.

A copy of the updated Summary Plan Description (SPD) for your Sony Pictures Entertainment Health and Welfare Benefits Plan (“Plan”) is posted in this site. This important document explains the terms and conditions of your Plan, including eligibility, coverage amounts and exclusions. Please share this with your family members who are also covered under this Plan. If you want a paper version of the SPD, please request one from There is no additional charge for it.

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