Benefits

DBCs & DHRMs: Life Events

At times in employees’ lives, they will have changes in their families that may affect their  benefits.   Most changes must be made within 31 days of the date of the event.

These three links provide overviews on the kinds of life events that can affect benefits eligibility (the first link), and review what an employee needs to do to add a new family member (second and third links):

DBCs & DHRMs: Eligibility

Eligibility for University benefits is based on your classification, the nature of your employment as well as your appointment duration and percentage of time and the number of hours you work.

How benefits eligibility works

DBCs & DHRMs: Employees Returning from Leave

  1. Employees must reenroll in benefits within 31 days of their return from a leave of absence using forms UPAY 850  (PDF) and/or UPAY 919  (PDF). To ensure all benefits resume as desired, employees must re-enroll in all of their Health & Welfare benefits, regardless of whether or not the benefit was continued while on leave.

Employment Events that Create a Period of Initial Eligibility

Certain employment events create a PIE – a period of initial eligibility – when eligible employees and eligible family members can enroll in or change plan(s) without meeting special requirements.

For the medical, dental, vision, legal, and TIP plans, once you have selected a plan, you may not change it until there is either 1) a new PIE or 2) an Open Enrollment period where the plan is offered. However, you may opt out or cancel your coverage at anytime.

Wellness Programs

Wellness programs support employees efforts to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. UC has its own wellness program, UC Living Well, and many of the medical plans offer free, online wellness resources, including health assessments, nutrition advice and exercise counseling.  

In addition, UC Berkeley has wellness programs available locally through Be Well at Work - Wellness Program.

Benefits Bridge for Lecturers

As part of the January 1, 2004 collective bargaining agreement between the University and NSF Unit 18 employees (lecturers), a Benefits Bridge provision was created.

What is the Benefits Bridge?

DBCs & DHRMs: Benefits Bridge for Lecturers

As part of the January 1, 2004, collective bargaining agreement between the University and NSF Unit 18 employees (lecturers), a Benefits Bridge provision was created.

What is the Benefits Bridge?

Benefits Leave Information

There may be times in your career with the University that you will take a leave of absence. It could be a sabbatical, for personal reasons, or for a disability. It may be a paid or unpaid leave. Depending on the kind of leave and whether or not it is paid or unpaid, determines how your benefits will be affected.