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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 26; Updates on Costs, Changes

Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 and ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Booklets will be available starting the week of Oct. 23, with full details about options, costs, and changes for 2018. Most employees will see medical plan premium increases of less than $10 a month. More>

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2016 Annual Report on UC Employee Compensation

As part of the university’s commitment to being transparent and publicly accountable, including in the way it compensates its faculty and staff, UC is conducting its annual disclosure of systemwide employee compensation for calendar year 2016. This disclosure parallels last year’s payroll disclosure and is consistent with similar practices at many other public institutions. More>

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Lab Delegate Sought for Council of UC Staff Assemblies Through July 21

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is seeking a new Berkeley Lab junior delegate for a two-year term. CUCSA is comprised of delegates from each UC location, including Berkeley Lab. Delegates meet quarterly with top UC administrators and Regents to discuss initiatives that impact staff. Go here for more information and to apply. Applications due by July 21.

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New Staff Advisor-Designate to the UC Regents Named

Sherry Main, the assistant vice chancellor of Communications and Marketing at UC Santa Cruz, has been selected as the next Staff Advisor-Designate to the UC Regents. Main said she plans to advocate for increased professional development to help staff succeed in their careers at UC and to support workforce retention. The Lab’s Bill Johansen is a former staff advisor. More>

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UC Staff Engagement Survey Deadline Extended to June 9

The deadline to complete the UC Staff Engagement Survey has been extended to Friday, June 9. Berkeley Lab is currently at a 36% response rate. If you are one of the non-represented employees selected to take the survey, you are highly encouraged to do so. More>

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EESA’s Sarick Matzen Participates in UC Agriculture Tour, Global Food Initiative

Sarick Matzen of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently joined fellow University of California Global Food Initiative awardees in a tour of the San Joaquin region to learn more about food production. Matzen is researching the removal of arsenic from soil using ferns. More>

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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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