Life Events

At times in your life, you will have changes in your family that may affect your benefits. Most changes must be made within 31 days of the date of the event.

The UCnet site covers many of the life events that impact benefits. Information can be found in the Using Your Benefits section. 

New Hire, Rehire, Interlocation Transfer

As a new faculty or staff person, you may be eligible for employee benefits. Eligibility for benefits is based on your appointment type, duration of appointment, title, type of pay you receive or working 750 or 1,000 eligible hours in a twelve month period. Your department will tell you if you are eligible for benefits and if so, for which benefits package you are eligible.

Health Care Facilitator Program

UC's Health Care Facilitator Program helps faculty and staff and their eligible family members understand and obtain the full benefits and services available from their UC-sponsored health plans, and provides confidential one-on-one assistance in resolving health plan issues.

To contact the Berkeley campus Health Care Facilitator Program, call (510) 664-9000 option 3.

Family Member Eligibility Criteria

Use this chart to determine whether your dependent(s) are eligible for UC Health and Welfare benefits. 

Source: Your Group Insurance Plans booklet  (PDF), page 6

Health & Welfare Plans

UC offers comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans to protect you and your family.  UC health and welfare benefits include:

Preparing for Retirement

You can retire and receive UC benefits anytime after you become eligible - that is, when you have at least five years of UC Retirement Plan service credit and reach age 50 or 55, depending on which tier of the pension plan you're in.

Retirement & Savings

UC offers comprehensive retirement benefits, including a traditional defined benefit plan (pension) and mandatory and voluntary defined contribution plans.

Department Benefits Counselors and Human Resource Managers (DBCs & DHRMs)

This section of the Central HR website is for Department Benefits Counselors (DBCs) and Department Human Resources Managers (DHRMs) – those of you who administer benefits to the faculty and staff in your department(s).

This section mirrors the Eligibility, Employment Events, and Life Events sections that are directed toward faculty and staff employees. In this section, you will find instructions for department benefits administrators on how to handle eligibility, employment and life events situations.

DOMA Tax Refund Information

Who Does This Affect
Employees and retirees who are legally married with a same gender spouse.

Faculty, staff and and retirees who are legally married with a same gender spouse are now able to reclaim income taxes for open taxable years—usually up to three years. Note: the ruling and benefits changes do not apply to same gender domestic partners.