Today at Berkeley Lab

Labor Department Updates FMLA’s Definition of Spouse

Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. More>

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Anthem Offers ID Theft Protection After Recent Cyber Attack

Anthem is offering identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services to current members and former members enrolled in 2004 or later in response to the recent data breach. Affected members can access these services at AnthemFacts.com. More>

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Q&A With UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher

He discusses challenges and opportunities in investing UCRP funds, external managers of UC’s investments, and UC position on hedge fund investments, among other topics. The article also includes a link to Bachher’s 10 investment beliefs. More>

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Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops Start on Feb. 20

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center is hosting the series, which will cover such topics as long term care insurance, estate planning considerations, and maximizing retirement benefits. The program is geared for those planning to retire in one-to-five years. Registration is required. More>

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Women and Investing Workshop on Jan. 28

Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) are hosting a “Women and Investing” workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Pargot, the Lab’s Fidelity Retirement counselor. More>

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Flea Market Moves to New Format on Dec. 1

The outdated platform will switch to a WordPress content management system, effective Dec. 1. Ads that are in the current system will not be transferred and must be resubmitted starting on Dec. 1. First time users will need to verify their Google login, but this step won’t be required for subsequent uses.

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

Staff can switch medical/dental plans, enroll in the legal plan and the flexible spending accounts, and add eligible dependents. Changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Go here to make changes. More>

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Open Enrollment Information Meeting on Nov. 10

During Open Enrollment, staff can make changes to their health and welfare plans. To assist employees in making decisions about their plans, the Benefits Office is hosting an information meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The meeting will be streamed on the epresence website. Open Enrollment ends on Nov. 25.

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Holiday Back-Up Care Available Through Bright Horizons

The holidays can be a challenging time when normal care arrangements for loved ones are not available when you have to be at work. The Lab’s Back-Up Care program provides temporary care solutions that enable staff to work despite holiday school closures or caregiver vacations. Go here to register (user name = LBNL, password = 4Backup) or make a reservation. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25; Resources Available to Assist

Updates include new videos that explain benefits, rising supplemental disability costs for shorter waiting periods, and Western Health Advantage expansion in northern California. Open Enrollment continues through. Nov. 25.

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