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>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Go here for more information on the Lab’s Back Up Dependent Care Program. Download a flyer here.
Employees 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.
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.
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.
Spring Break is right around the corner. Do you have back-up care for your children? If not, take advantage of the Lab’s Bright Horizons Advantage Program. The benefit provides Lab employees with temporary child and adult/elder care for up to 15 days per calendar year. Center-based childcare is $15 per child per day (maximum of $25 per family per day). In-home child and adult/elder care is also available for $6 per hour. The program also comes in handy for jury duty, or when your primary care is unavailable. Visit backupcare.lbl.gov for more information. To register or make a reservation, visit backup.brighthorizons.com (new users enter Username = LBNL / Password = 4Backup).
Berkeley Lab’s Back-Up Care Advantage Program through Bright Horizons provides employees temporary child and adult/elder care for up to 15 days per calendar year. Center-based childcare is $15 per child per day (maximum of $25 per family per day). Bright Horizons will waive the fee for the first use of center-based care in 2014. In-home child and adult/elder care is also available for $6 per hour. Back-up care is helpful when:
· Your child is mildly ill and needs care at home
· You are returning to work and need care for your parent while you transition back to a normal schedule
· Your primary care provider is unavailable
Go here to register (new users: username = LBNL/password = 4Backup), or call 877-242-2737 for 24 hours a day assistance.
As part of its effort to provide a supportive, family-friendly work environment for employees, the Lab has implemented a Lactation Accommodation Program. All lactation rooms can now be reserved via the Lab’s Google calendar. To reserve, click “Rooms” on the right side of the calendar event details, type “lactation” in the “Filter Room” box, and a list of lactation rooms will appear. Go here to learn more about the program. For more information, contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office (x4232).
Located at the UC Berkeley campus/TANG Center, CARE Services offers assistance to all Lab employees and their spouses/partners and dependents with a wide range of personal and work-related issues related to, but not limited to, elder/child care, relationships, and stress. CARE Services also provides assistance to supervisors concerning their employees. CARE Services professionals help you find solutions to your challenges through counseling, consultation, assessment, and referrals. All records are kept strictly confidential and secured solely within CARE Services. All services are confidential, voluntary, and free of charge. Call (510) 643-7754 for an appointment.
UC employees can receive a 33% discount for online education classes, starting this month. They are open to non-matriculated staff and their dependents. This offer is in addition to the employee tuition reimbursement program. Class topics include computer science, dance, climate change, pre-calculus, American cybercultures, psychology, and business statistics. More>