By March 31, 2016, members of a University of California-sponsored medical plan will receive Form 1095, which will be used to document information you provide on your 2015 federal tax return regarding health insurance coverage. Berkeley Lab has engaged an outside vendor, ADP, to produce and mail the forms. Go here and look for the Affordable Care Act tab.
The workshops include Designing a Financial Road Map (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.), Your UC Retirement System (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.), and Building a Portfolio for Any Weather (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.). A Fidelity representative will staff a help desk in the cafeteria lobby from noon to 2 p.m. that day.
President Napolitano is inviting faculty, staff and other members of the UC community to provide feedback on task force recommendations for new retirement benefits that affect future UC employees. Feedback from the UC community will help inform the proposal the president is expected to bring to the UC Board of Regents in March. More>
Employees who made changes during Open Enrollment should verify that the changes made are shown. Also, double-check other benefit elections and deductions. If errors are found, send an e-mail to the Lab’s Benefits Office.
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>