Today at Berkeley Lab

UC’s WellBeing Initiative Offers Staff Assistance for Healthier Lives

As part of the University of California’s WellBeing Initiative, employees have access to resources based on these four pillars: emotional, financial, nutritional, and physical. The initiative includes a variety of tools for staff, such as links to behavioral health providers, classes on budgeting, and access to diabetes-prevention programs, among other offerings. More>

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March 16 Presentation on ‘Preparing for Retirement’

Meet retirement counselors from the UC Retirement Administration Service Center as they explain your UC retirement benefits and eligibility rules for retiree health, describe the steps you need to take when you’re ready to retire, and answer your questions. The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Register here.

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UC Forms Working Group to Study Retiree Health Benefits

The University of California has formed a Retiree Health Benefits Working Group to explore options that will ensure the long-term financial viability of the retiree health benefits program and the quality of the benefits offered. The project only pertains to retiree health benefits; it does not affect UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) pension benefits. More>

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Staff, Retirees Happy With Health Plans, Survey Shows

Employees and retirees enrolled in UC-sponsored health plans are highly satisfied with their plans, according to surveys conducted last spring. The survey looked at enrollees’ satisfaction with their health care, health plan, access to care (including appointments with specialists), and customer service. More>

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Legal Plan Assistance for Employees Affected by Wildfires

ARAG, UC’s legal plan, is offering free access to their “DIY Docs,” the Education Center, and the “Find-an-Attorney” tool. All impacted staff, even those not currently enrolled in ARAG, will have free access for six months. Eligible employees can visit the ARAG website and enter code “18323cfr.” Deadline for enrollment is Jan. 11, 2018. More>

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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 26; Updates on Costs, Changes

Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 and ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Booklets will be available starting the week of Oct. 23, with full details about options, costs, and changes for 2018. Most employees will see medical plan premium increases of less than $10 a month. More>

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Benefits Office Hosts Sept. 28 Seminar on Understanding Estate Planning

The seminar will look at who needs estate planning, why and when estate planning should take place, the advantages and disadvantages of a will, what a living trust is, and controlling assets when incapacitated by accident or illness. The event — led by representatives from ARAG, the Lab’s legal benefit provider — takes place at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Deadline for UC Family Member Recertification Extended to June 1

Due to delays in processing, Secova, project administrator of the recertification project, extended the deadline for employees who were asked to recertify family members to June 1. UC will not immediately de-enroll dependents on June 1, however the follow-up process will begin at that time. Contact Secova (888-926-5687) for more information. More>

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Incorrect Date for Cesar Chavez Day in Lab Holiday Calendar

The Lab’s holiday calendar previously listed Cesar Chavez Day as Friday, March 24, but the correct date is actually Friday, March 31. Employees can take March 24, if they had already planned to do so due to the error, or Friday March 31. For more information, contact Bharat Parikh.

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Financial Education Workshops This Month

The workshops — hosted by the Energy Sciences Area and led by Nancy Pargot of Fidelity — include “The UC retirement System (March 9),” “Creating Budgets, Reducing Debt, and Building Savings” (March 17), and “Women and Investing” (March 24). A workshop on leaves of absence, including disability benefits, FMLA, and parental leave, will be held March 22. More>

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