Employees who want to learn strategies to lessen stress using instant relaxation techniques are invited to attend a free workshop on Monday, Dec. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. This workshop will include a variety of office stretches and deep breathing exercises, which will can help people feel more energized and refreshed. The class will be led by Laurie Yamamoto of CARE Services.
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The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) is hosting a presentation on “Leave of Absence” (LOA), followed by Q&A. It event takes place Monday, Dec. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The purpose is to raise awareness on the process and policy around LOA, family/medical leave, and options at the Lab. All employees are invited, and supervisors and managers are encouraged to attend. The Disability Management Team in Human Resources will lead the presentation. Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit the WSEC website.
For those trying to juggle all the responsibilities of work and family this winter season, back-up care can really help. The Lab offers employees back-up care for children, adults, and the elderly through Bright Horizons. Staff are eligible for 15 days of back-up care per calendar year at a co-pay of $15/child or $25/family for a day of center-based care and $6/hour for in-home care. Representatives from Bright Horizons will be at the Lab on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria to share more information on the program. Go here to register or make a back-up care reservation (username is LBNL, password is 4Backup), or contact a consultant 24/7 at 877-242-2737.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make changes to your benefits plans. Employees currently enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross PLUS or PPO, Anthem Lumenos PPO with HRA, or Health Net full network HMO must choose a new health plan, as these options will no longer be offered in 2014. Those who want to participate in the Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA), must re-enroll to participate in 2014, even if you are currently enrolled in these plans. Staff who choose to enroll in the new Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, cannot enroll in the Health FSA. More>
Employees can learn more about the 2014 medical plans by attending an Open Enrollment event at the Lab on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Representatives from UC health care providers as well as CONEXIS Flexible Spending Accounts will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions. Representatives will also give scheduled talks as part of the event:
Kaiser — 9:10 to 9:40 a.m.
Health Net Blue & Gold: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Blue Shield Health Savings: 10:40 to 11:40 a.m.
UC Care PPO: 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Stay informed on current market conditions and what it means to you as an investor at Fidelity’s Quarterly Market Update on Friday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The update will give you a comprehensive perspective on the market conditions and an in-depth review of where and why the market has moved in a particular direction. In this workshop, you will learn what has been impacting the financial markets, the factors affecting the performance of domestic and international equity markets, and driving forces behind bond-market interest rate and valuation changes. More>
Employees who face work-related conflict — such as disputes, interpersonal difficulties with colleagues, subordinates or supervisors, preparing for a difficult conversation, harassment, cultural misunderstandings, bureaucratic frustrations, or incivility — can utilize the Lab’s Ombuds Service. The Ombuds provides assistance that is confidential, informal, neutral and independent of the Lab’s administrative structure. Appointments are typically held offsite, however, the Ombuds is available for onsite appointments on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Appointments are required (510-642-7823).
The University of California’s Open Enrollment period begins on Monday, Oct. 28 and continues until Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. To help employees navigate changes to and options to 2014 plans, the Lab’s Human Resources and CUCSA representatives are hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Attendees will learn about the new medical plans and why changes were made, and can participate in a Q&A session. Representatives from UC and participating medical plans will also be on hand. For those unable to attend, the town hall will streamed live here. Go here for more Open Enrollment information.
Most University of California employees will see only small increases in monthly premiums for medical insurance next year and some people’s rates will go down, a marked departure from the pattern of price increases in recent years. More>
UC is offering a revamped menu of medical plans for 2014, including two new plans: Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, which features a UC-funded health savings account; and UC Care, UC’s own three-tier PPO plan that offers members access to UC doctors and hospitals as well as the Blue Shield PPO network. Health Net Blue & Gold, Kaiser Permanente, Western Health Advantage and Core (administered by Blue Shield) will still be available. Four plans — Anthem Blue Cross PPO and PLUS, Anthem Lumenos with HRA and Health Net Full HMO — are being discontinued. Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26. Information sessions will be held in the cafeteria lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 14, and 21. More>