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CARE Services Available for Lab Employees

This staff-assistance program offers free, confidential assessment and referral, including grief and loss, depression and anxiety, couples and martial issues, work-related stress, alcohol and drug addictions, among other issues. More>

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Reminder About Lab’s Back-Up Child and Elder Care Program

With summer around the corner, schedules can change, requiring the need for back-up child or elder care. Lab staff receive 15 days of back-up care per calendar year at a discounted price through Bright Horizons. Go here to register (username = LBNL, password = 4Backup) or make a reservation.

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UC Launches Medical Plan Satisfaction Survey

An e-mail invitation (sent from “University of California Human Resources”) will be sent to more than 32,000 randomly selected employees. Plans included in this year’s survey include Health Net Blue and Gold, Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, Kaiser Permanente, UC Care, and Western Health Advantage. More>

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Lab Will Soon Have 20 Designated Lactation Rooms

Four new locations will be ready soon, including Building 59 (CRT), Building 30 (SERC), Building 33 (GPL), and Building 70A. Go here to view an updated map of the Lab’s lactation rooms. More>

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UCRP Contributions Won’t Increase This July

Employer and employee contributions now cover the annual cost of the retirement plan. Additional steps, such as internal borrowing, are also beginning to address the plan’s unfunded liability. More>

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Labor Department Updates FMLA’s Definition of Spouse

Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. More>

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Anthem Offers ID Theft Protection After Recent Cyber Attack

Anthem is offering identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services to current members and former members enrolled in 2004 or later in response to the recent data breach. Affected members can access these services at AnthemFacts.com. More>

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Q&A With UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher

He discusses challenges and opportunities in investing UCRP funds, external managers of UC’s investments, and UC position on hedge fund investments, among other topics. The article also includes a link to Bachher’s 10 investment beliefs. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops Start on Feb. 20

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center is hosting the series, which will cover such topics as long term care insurance, estate planning considerations, and maximizing retirement benefits. The program is geared for those planning to retire in one-to-five years. Registration is required. More>

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Women and Investing Workshop on Jan. 28

Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) are hosting a “Women and Investing” workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Pargot, the Lab’s Fidelity Retirement counselor. More>

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