All of the current medical plans will be available in 2015, with a few benefits enhancements (including chiropractic care and acupuncture) and no major changes. Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m., Oct. 30 and runs through 5 p.m., Nov. 25. Go here to check premiums and here to view the results of the recent medical plan survey.
Class on “Resilience/Stress Management” takes place tomorrow (Oct. 14) at noon in Perseverance Hall. The second class, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Building 2-100B, covers “Getting Sleep: Misconceptions and Facts.” Both workshops are free.
The Got Veggies? challenge is open to employees at all UC locations, retirees, spouses and partners, who are enrolled in a UC-sponsored medical plan. You can join as an individual or, better yet, join or create a team for additional motivation. More>
The UC Berkeley Retirement Center hosts the six-class, Friday afternoon series, which starts Oct. 17 and continues through Nov. 21. Priority is given to registrants who can attend all sessions. The sessions are geared towards those planning to retire within the next one-to-five years. More>
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).