Don’t wait until the last minute to make changes to your benefits plans. Employees currently enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross PLUS or PPO, Anthem Lumenos PPO with HRA, or Health Net full network HMO must choose a new health plan, as these options will no longer be offered in 2014. Those who want to participate in the Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA), must re-enroll to participate in 2014, even if you are currently enrolled in these plans. Staff who choose to enroll in the new Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, cannot enroll in the Health FSA. More>
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As Congress and the Obama administration negotiate a spending plan for 2014, University of California leaders are urging that the repeal of sequestration be a top budget priority. A letter to California’s congressional delegation — signed by President Janet Napolitano and campus chancellors — describes the economic and human toll from the indiscriminate federal spending cuts. “Promising science is being delayed or terminated. Labs are being forced to lay off highly trained staff,” they write. “Perhaps most troubling, young researchers are questioning whether to pursue research careers because vital fellowships are threatened and it is taking increasingly longer for them to obtain their first independent research grants.” More>
This month’s Our University newsletter for faculty and staff includes stories on Open Enrollment, first impressions of new president Janet Napolitano (pictured), people making a difference, and the Promise for Education campaign. Go here to read the latest issue.
Newly appointed UC President Janet Napolitano (pictured with Peter Ercius of NCEM) came to Berkeley Lab for a daylong visit on Tuesday (Oct. 15) that included discussions with senior leadership as well as presentations from a variety of Lab scientists highlighting various aspects of the Lab’s research. While here, she also toured the ALS, Molecular Foundry, and NCEM. The Berkeley Lab stop is part of a statewide tour Napolitano is conducting to familiarize herself with all UC institutions. In a note to the UC community about her tour to date, Napolitano stated, “it is clear to this freshly minted Californian that you have much to be proud about, and I myself am proud to be in your midst.” Napolitano took over as UC President on Sept. 30.
Most University of California employees will see only small increases in monthly premiums for medical insurance next year and some people’s rates will go down, a marked departure from the pattern of price increases in recent years. More>
UC is offering a revamped menu of medical plans for 2014, including two new plans: Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, which features a UC-funded health savings account; and UC Care, UC’s own three-tier PPO plan that offers members access to UC doctors and hospitals as well as the Blue Shield PPO network. Health Net Blue & Gold, Kaiser Permanente, Western Health Advantage and Core (administered by Blue Shield) will still be available. Four plans — Anthem Blue Cross PPO and PLUS, Anthem Lumenos with HRA and Health Net Full HMO — are being discontinued. Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26. Information sessions will be held in the cafeteria lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 14, and 21. More>
When you imagine your retirement, what do you see? What is your desired experience after full-time employment? How can you maintain connections to the university and your colleagues? The UC Berkeley Retirement Center aims to help university employees answer these and other questions through its six-week Pre-Retirement Planning (PRP) program. The workshops take place on Fridays afternoons from Oct. 11 to Nov. 22. Registration deadline is Oct. 4. More>
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue service recently issued additional guidance regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and UC Human Resources has completed its operational review of changes required as a result of the June 26 ruling. As a result, HR can now provide additional information regarding taxes and UC benefits for employees and retirees affected by the ruling. More>
Pharmaceuticals makers Pfizer, Roche, Bayer and Novartis are partnering with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and venture fund Mission Bay Capital to help entrepreneurs identify technical risks in moving their technologies to market and provide capital to life science startups in the Bay Area. QB3 is a joint venture between the three University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco,and Santa Cruz. It founded the first startup incubator in the UC system, the QB3 Garage, at UCSF in 2006. More >
Berkeley Lab’s proposed revision to the nonsmoking policy is now posted and open for employee comment. As announced last week, the Lab is revising its tobacco use policy following UC President Mark Yudof’s pledge to make all UC campuses tobacco-free by 2014. While the Lab will not be completely smoke-free, it is providing cessation resources and proposes to limit smoking to about 16 designated smoking areas at the main site and three areas at the Joint Genome Institute; it is also proposing to prohibit the use of smoke-free tobacco in Lab buildings and vehicles. The new policy will apply to all employees, as well as affiliates and visitors; hosts will be responsible for communicating the policy to their visitors. View the proposed policy here and a map of proposed designated smoking areas here. Send comments to HRpolicy@lbl.gov by Sep. 16.