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Nominations Open for UC’s Sautter Technology Innovation Award

UC’s Sautter Award Program, which celebrates innovation in information technology, is accepting nominations through May 19. The annual awards recognize technology projects that demonstrate innovation, collaboration and operational efficiency, and advance UC’s teaching, research, health care, and public service missions. More>

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Know Your FSA Deadlines to Avoid Losing Money

The Dependent Care and Health Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) both let you save on your taxes by taking money from your paycheck each month to cover certain eligible expenses. There are important differences between the plans, though, in what happens to money remaining in your account at the end of the plan year. More>

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Policy Reminder on UC/Berkeley Lab Standards of Ethical Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University’s Ethical Values — integrity, excellence, accountability, and respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct. More>

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UC to Reverify Some Family Members for Health Benefits This Spring

In April, Secova Inc., working with UC Human Resources, will contact certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits. Failure to respond to, or comply with, the Family Member Eligibility Verification notifications may result in the de-enrollment of your unverified dependents. More>

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Lab CUCSA Accepting Staff and Leadership Award Nominations

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is accepting award nominations for the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award and the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. The awards honor employees who are supportive and inclusive of staff, and encourage equity and diversity. Deadline is Feb. 24. Pictured is former winner Lady Idos (right).

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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Forms

Over the next few days, staff with UC medical plans will receive Form 1095, which documents information provided on 2016 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Taxpayers don’t need to delay filing their returns until they receive their form, and can use other information about their health coverage to prepare returns. More>

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From the Reservation, to UC Berkeley, to Berkeley Lab, to UC Professor

Franklin Dollar grew up on a small Pomo Indian reservation near Geyserville, with no running water, electricity, or internet access. He had a great science teacher who pushed him towards college. As a student at UC Berkeley, he got a job at Berkeley Lab via the UC Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees Program. Now he’s a physics and astronomy professor at UC Irvine. More>

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Applications Now Open for Staff Advisor to UC Regents

Staff across the UC system who are interested in public policy, advocacy, and the future direction of the university are encouraged to apply to become the next staff advisor to the UC Regents. The application period is now open through March 10. More>

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Vapers Beware: 10 Things to Know About E-Cigarettes

Among items on this list developed by the University of California? The flavors can be toxic, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the batteries can explode, and, according to research conducted at Berkeley Lab, vaping has harmful secondhand and thirdhand effects. More>

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With W-2 Statements on the Way, Protect From Fraud and Identity Theft

When you receive your annual W-2 Wage and Tax Statement later this month, scammers will use the opportunity to try to get their hands on your personal information. The IRS estimates that identity thieves have stolen over $8 billion over the past few years, with a significant increase in phishing and malware incidents during tax season. UC offers some protection tips here.

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