Today at Berkeley Lab

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Forms

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.

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Fidelity Hosts Financial Workshops on Jan. 29

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.

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UC Task Force Recommends New Retirement Benefits for Future Employees

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>

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Check January Paychecks to Ensure Correct Benefit Enrollments

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.

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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 29; Chance to Review, Change Benefit Plans

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.

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Task Force Named to Advise on 2016 Retirement Benefits

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>

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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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