Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Two Wellness Workshops Offered This Week

Class on “Resilience/Stress Management” takes place tomorrow (Oct. 14) at noon in Perseverance Hall. The second class, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Building 2-100B, covers “Getting Sleep: Misconceptions and Facts.” Both workshops are free.

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Got Veggies? Challenge Encourages Healthy Eating

The Got Veggies? challenge is open to employees at all UC locations, retirees, spouses and partners, who are enrolled in a UC-sponsored medical plan. You can join as an individual or, better yet, join or create a team for additional motivation. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Classes Offered

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center hosts the six-class, Friday afternoon series, which starts Oct. 17 and continues through Nov. 21. Priority is given to registrants who can attend all sessions. The sessions are geared towards those planning to retire within the next one-to-five years. More>

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Survey Offers Staff Chance for Feedback on UC Medical Plans

Employees will receive e-mail with link to 20-question survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential. This feedback will help with planning and shaping offerings for future years. More>

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Lab’s Back-Up Care Program Hosts Open House for Employees

Bright Horizons, the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program administrator, is hosting an open house event on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. for Lab employees at their Bayer location, 921 Parker Street (entrance on 8th Street) in Berkeley. At this event, you will learn more about your back-up care benefits, as well as see the Bright Horizons at Bayer facility and its learning spaces, meet their staff, and ask any questions you may have about this facility. For additional information about this event, call (510) 649-1893 or e-mail bayer.ca@brighthorizons.com. Go here for more information on the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program. Download a flyer here.

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July 1, 2014 Retirement Election and Buyback Requests Submission Deadline

Retirement-Ahead imageEmployees who are planning to retire this coming July 1 should submit their retirement election for either monthly retirement income or lump sum cash out by May 23, 2014 to make the August 1, 2014 distribution. Retirement elections received after May 23, 2014 will be processed as soon as possible; however, the initial payment(s) will be delayed until the August 29, 2014 distribution. Additionally, the cut off for the UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) to receive buyback requests for processing in advance of a July 1 retirement is April 30, 2014. Questions regarding retirement election and buyback requests should be directed to RASC at (800) 888-8267. For additional detailed information on what to do if you’re preparing for retirement, visit the UC Benefits Website, UCNet.

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New Lactation Rooms in Buildings 46 and 90

Berkeley Lab’s goal is to provide a supportive, family-friendly work environment, and the Lactation Accommodation Program is part of that effort. The program includes the establishment of lactation rooms around the Lab, and two more have just been added: Building 46-204 and Building 90-1045 (women’s restroom on the first floor). Go here to view a complete list of Lab lactation rooms, which can be reserved via Google Calendar (select “Rooms,” type “lactation” in search bar, and the list will appear). Send e-mail here for more information or to offer suggestions.

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Submit 2013 Flexible Spending Account Claims by April 15, 2014

Do you still have FSA funds left over in your account from the 2013 plan year? If so, reimbursement requests for services received during the plan year (Jan. 1, 2013 through March 15, 2014) must be received by the April 15, 2014 filing deadline. Submit your reimbursement requests for eligible expenses by April 15. All claims and supporting documentation must be submitted online, faxed, or postmarked by this date. IRS rules state that 2013 plan year funds left in your FSA after April 15 will be forfeited. Check your balance and review your 2013 claims to confirm that they are approved and no additional documentation is needed. Access your online account and find helpful FSA information here.

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