Today at Berkeley Lab

Deadline for UC Family Member Recertification Extended to June 1

Due to delays in processing, Secova, project administrator of the recertification project, extended the deadline for employees who were asked to recertify family members to June 1. UC will not immediately de-enroll dependents on June 1, however the follow-up process will begin at that time. Contact Secova (888-926-5687) for more information. More>

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UC Launches Staff Engagement Survey During Week of May 15

The University of California is running its 2017 Staff Engagement Survey to learn more about non-represented staff and get feedback on their experiences as a UC and Berkeley Lab employee. Selected employees will receive an email from Willis Towers Watson with a link to the survey. Employees are encouraged to participate. More>

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Biosciences’ Rasha Anayah — Changing the World through Research

Among the benefits of attending the University of California is the chance for undergrads to conduct research alongside world-renowned faculty. Rasha Anayah of the Biosciences Area, who is exploring how to build better biofuels, was one of several undergrads who recently spoke at a forum on UC research opportunities. More>

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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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