Today at Berkeley Lab

Retirees Working at the Lab Invited to Join Ex-Ls Group

As members, retirees and their spouses will receive invitations to the group’s quarterly luncheons with featured speakers (the next scheduled for May 19), a quarterly newsletter, and opportunities to network. To sign up, send e-mail to EXLS@berkeley.edu. Go here for more information.

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‘Preparing for Retirement’ Event on April 26

Retirement counselors from the UC Office of the President’s Retirement Administration Service Center will discuss UC’s retirement benefits and eligibility rules for retiree health benefits, describe the steps you need to take to retire, and answer questions. The event will take place from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will be live streamed.

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UC’s Napolitano Outlines New Retirement Program for Future Employees

UC President Janet Napolitano will ask the Regents to approve implementation of a new set of retirement benefits for future UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. New staff will be offered one of two options: a pension plus 401(k)-style supplemental benefit, or a stand-alone 401(k)-style benefit. More>

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Provide Feedback on New Retirement Benefits for New UC Staff

UC employees are invited to provide feedback on task force recommendations for new retirement benefits that affect future UC employees. A webinar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. during which comments and questions can be submitted. More>

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Fidelity Hosts Financial Workshops on Jan. 29

The workshops include Designing a Financial Road Map (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.), Your UC Retirement System (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.), and Building a Portfolio for Any Weather (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.). A Fidelity representative will staff a help desk in the cafeteria lobby from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

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UC Task Force Recommends New Retirement Benefits for Future Employees

President Napolitano is inviting faculty, staff and other members of the UC community to provide feedback on task force recommendations for new retirement benefits that affect future UC employees. Feedback from the UC community will help inform the proposal the president is expected to bring to the UC Board of Regents in March. More>

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Lab’s ‘Queen of Communications’ Pam Patterson Retires

Pam Patterson began her working life as a pre-teen picking fruit in the orchards of San Jose. After college she taught English, then served as a policy analyst. In 1992, she came to Berkeley Lab to help lead various communications efforts, first in the Directorate, then in Public Affairs. From the fields to the Hill, it’s been quite the career trajectory…one that ends in retirement on Jan. 15. More>

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After Stellar 32-Year Career, Senior Science Writer Lynn Yarris Retires

Yarris (left) has reported some of the Lab’s biggest science news over the last three decades, distilling often complex research into language the general public could understand. He received a much-deserved Director’s Achievement Award that honored his tremendous contributions to helping the world understand the incredible work that takes place at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Pre-Retirement and Long-Term Care Workshops Offered

The UC Retirement Center hosts a four-week, pre-retirement planning course on Wednesdays from Feb. 10 to March 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register. Also offered is a series of seminars on long-term care on April 7, 28, and May 12. Go here for more information and to register.

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Lab’s Contribution to UC Retirement Plan is Reduced

The UC Regents approved the lowering of the Lab’s rate from 14% to 11.5%. This will save the Department of Energy and the Lab more than $35 million over the next five years. The reduction does not affect or diminish employee retirement benefits in any way. The new amount will be reflected starting with October payroll notices. More>

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