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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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Flea Market Moves to New Format on Dec. 1

The outdated platform will switch to a WordPress content management system, effective Dec. 1. Ads that are in the current system will not be transferred and must be resubmitted starting on Dec. 1. First time users will need to verify their Google login, but this step won’t be required for subsequent uses.

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

Staff can switch medical/dental plans, enroll in the legal plan and the flexible spending accounts, and add eligible dependents. Changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Go here to make changes. More>

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Open Enrollment Information Meeting on Nov. 10

During Open Enrollment, staff can make changes to their health and welfare plans. To assist employees in making decisions about their plans, the Benefits Office is hosting an information meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The meeting will be streamed on the epresence website. Open Enrollment ends on Nov. 25.

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Holiday Back-Up Care Available Through Bright Horizons

The holidays can be a challenging time when normal care arrangements for loved ones are not available when you have to be at work. The Lab’s Back-Up Care program provides temporary care solutions that enable staff to work despite holiday school closures or caregiver vacations. Go here to register (user name = LBNL, password = 4Backup) or make a reservation. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25; Resources Available to Assist

Updates include new videos that explain benefits, rising supplemental disability costs for shorter waiting periods, and Western Health Advantage expansion in northern California. Open Enrollment continues through. Nov. 25.

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Earn Up to $2,000 When Referred Candidate is Hired for a Lab Job

Employees can serve as key players in identifying talented individuals to fill scientific and operations jobs. Each referral leading to a successful hire may be eligible for up to $2000 through the Employee Referral Incentive Program. More>

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Hospital-Grade Pumps Available for Nursing Moms

There will be a pump available in the two most frequently used areas: Building 90 in the first floor lactation area of the women’s restroom, and in the lactation area in the Potter St. building. Be sure to view instructional video before first use. More>

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Take Five to Make the Most of Benefits During Open Enrollment

All of the current medical plans will be available in 2015, with a few benefits enhancements (including chiropractic care and acupuncture) and no major changes. Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m., Oct. 30 and runs through 5 p.m., Nov. 25. Go here to check premiums and here to view the results of the recent medical plan survey.

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