About half of current faculty and staff will be affected by new eligibility rules for retiree health benefits that go into effect on July 1, 2013. These rules were approved by the Regents in December 2010 as part of a series of reforms to address the $14.5 billion unfunded liability in the retiree health program, and to help sustain the long-term viability of the program. The Regents also approved a new pension tier for employees hired or re-hired July 1, 2013 and later. The new pension tier does not apply to current employees unless they leave employment and return at a later date. More>
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Starting April 1, retiree health coverage processing and inquiries will be handled by the University of California Office of the President’s Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) in Oakland. In addition to the RASC unit supporting the retirement services for our Lab employees, RASC will also be providing support for our Lab retirees and their eligible family members/dependents concerning their UC-sponsored health benefits coverage, including Medicare benefits coordination. Contact RASC at 800-888-8267, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The latest news for UC faculty and staff is now available at Our University, the monthly newsletter from the UC Office of the President. This month’s issue includes a new series of videos highlighting UC people reinventing the California Dream, the 20th anniversary of the Keck Observatory, and how you can participate in UC’s Global Food Systems Forum on the challenges of feeding the world. See these and other news stories here.
The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is comprised of delegates from every UC-managed institution, including Berkeley Lab. The Lab is seeking a new junior delegate to serve alongside a senior delegate for 2013-2014. Members meet quarterly at a different UC campus to discuss issues that affect staff with top UC administrators and regents. Serving on this council is an opportunity for networking with other UC employees, meeting directly with UC Regents and staying informed and acting on issues most pertinent for the Lab and UC community. Details on who is eligible and the application process are available here. E-mail applications by April 15 at 5 p.m.. Go here to view a list of current and previous Lab CUCSA members.
Read the latest news for UC faculty and staff in Our University. The most recent issue includes stories on UC’s plans for 2014 medical benefits, donating to UC cancer research through your California tax return, and the role of staff advisors to the regents. More>
Juliann Martinez had worked at UC Berkeley for 21 years, but it was not until she became staff advisor to the Board of Regents that she fully grasped the enormity of the university, everything it does and the people who make it possible. “One of the most rewarding experiences was meeting staff throughout the system, and hearing and feeling their commitment to the university,” said Martinez. Berkeley Lab’s Bill Johansen also served as a staff advisor. Lab employees are encouraged to apply for the 2013-2015 term by March 1. More>
The University of California has announced its annual Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) for Northern California campuses. MSAP is designed for supervisors with one to three years experience to gain insights into their managerial skills through small group work in simulated management scenarios. MSAP will be held at Asilomar in Pacific Grove from April 30 to May 3. The registration fee and transportation costs are charged to the supervisor’s division. Go here for MSAP applications, program details, and selection criteria. All applications must be submitted to Emalynn Robinson by Friday, March 1, to be considered. One slot is available for the Lab.
Though the annual Open Enrollment period for UC-sponsored benefits is still months away, the university has begun its annual project to evaluate health and welfare benefits and find ways to reduce costs for the university, employees and retirees. This year, systemwide Human Resources will consider proposals from new and current medical plan vendors in an effort to limit cost increases while continuing to provide high quality medical insurance plans to employees and retirees. More>
More UC news is available in the most recent edition of the “Our University” employee newsletter.
The application period for the next staff advisor-designate to the Board of Regents is now open. The position’s term runs July 2013 through June 2015. The staff advisor program, now in its eighth year, allows for two staff and/or non-Senate academic employees to participate in open sessions of designated committees of the board. The staff advisors bring the voice and perspective of staff and non-Senate academic employees to board deliberations. Application deadline is March 1. More>
Employees are reminded to complete the Workplace Environment Survey sponsored by UC Office of the President. The data will be used to identify strategies for addressing potential challenges and supporting positive diversity initiatives. All career, term, limited, postdoc, and GSRA employees have been sent an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the survey. Printed copies of the survey can be requested from email@example.com or by calling x4232 (English or Spanish). Participants are allowed to complete the survey during normal work hours. The survey will close on Feb. 5. More>
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Divisions With Highest Completion Rate (2/01/13)
Less than 100 employees
Computing Sciences: 100.0%
100 to 200 employees
Advanced Light Source: 74.2%
200 to 300 employees
Life Sciences: 56.3%
More than 300 employees
Environmental Energy Technologies: 40.6%