Highlights for this year include: less than $6 monthly premium increase for many employees, all current medical plans will be available in 2016, dental and vision care continue to be free, and no rate change for the ARAG legal benefit plan. Go here for more information and to view 2016 rates.
President Napolitano has appointed a systemwide task force of UC faculty, staff and administrators to help develop a new set of retirement benefits options for UC to offer future employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. The task force will hold its first meeting on Aug. 7 and is expected to deliver its recommendations to President Napolitano by early 2016. More>
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>
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.
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>