Taking Benefits Actions

Health & Welfare Plans

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Open Enrollment Information for DBCs and DHRMs

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for employees to enroll in or make changes to their medical, dental, and vision plans. It is also the time to enroll or re-enroll in health and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Open Enrollment usually occurs in November. 

For more information, visit the UC Office of the President's Open Enrollment website.

Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation is a state-mandated benefit for employees with work-related injuries and illnesses, awarded without regard to who is at fault. Employers are required to provide benefits in case of injury, illness, death, or aggravation of a pre-existing condition resulting from employment. For the University of California, these benefits are administered by a self-insured plan. There is no outside insurance carrier. The University contracts with a third-party administrator, Sedgwick CMS, for the management of its claims.

Guidance for Height-Adjustable Desks

Sit Stand Desks

A user height-adjustable desk (sit-stand desk) can prove to be the most appropriate ergonomic solution for a variety of situations. This type of desk allows the user to work at the best seated height, promotes postural changes throughout the work day and provides other health benefits. Please use the information below when considering height-adjustable desks.

Retirement: Take Control of Your Financial Future

UC Berkeley offers many free classes, workshops and resources on financial management to help faculty, staff and retirees take control of their financial future. This dedicated portal page outlines those campus resources and provides recommended community resources.  This effort is a collaboration of University departments working to bring together all the financial education and counseling opportunities available, organized to help across the life span, such as:

DBCs & DHRMs: New Hire, Rehire, Intercampus Transfer

When a new, rehired, or transferred employee begins work, please follow the steps below to ensure the employee is able to enroll in his or her desired benefits plans.

DBCs & DHRMs: Leave of Absence Premium Overpayment

Timely HCM action is required to formally put the employee on leave.  If an employee is showing as active at the time of the monthly payroll deadline, the department will be charged for the following month’s premiums.  Once charged, premiums are not refundable unless they are refunded automatically through the consolidated billing process.  If UC is refunded the premium by the insurance company, then the department is also refunded.

To avoid this problem, departments must

Changes Resulting from Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 Rulings

Update: 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.

DBCs & DHRMs: Benefits Enrollment Process

UC offers three benefits packages – Full, Mid-Level, and Core – to eligible faculty and staff employees. These benefits packages determine eligibility for Health and Welfare and Retirement plans. Please see Benefits Packages for details.

For more information on benefits actions and how to take them, review the Taking Action chart.

DBCs & DHRMs: Eligibility Compliance

There are a number of reports designed to assist departments and Benefits offices with complying with UC policies around eligibility.  Some reports are managed centrally by the campus Central HR Benefits Unit and some are managed by departments.

Departments manage: