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Open Enrollment starts, new videos help explain UC benefits

Do you know the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Do the terms copay, coinsurance and deductible confuse you? Are you looking for ways to keep your medical costs in line?

If so, take a look at four new videos UC Human Resources is offering to help you make the most of your medical benefits.

Medical benefits are complex, and these new short videos will help you make the most of your medical benefits by explaining terms and concepts, showing you how to use your benefits wisely, and more.

HR is launching four videos during Open Enrollment: 

  • A comparison of UC's six medical plans
  • An explanation of medical terms and concepts
  • Some advice on how to make the most of your medical benefits
  • An explanation of disability benefits 

The medical plan comparison video is also available in Spanish.

Each video is six to eight minutes long and can be viewed online and on mobile devices. You can view the videos at

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Tags: benefits (2), Open Enrollment (1), personnel (6)

UC academics invited to join President Napolitano for web chat

UC faculty are invited to join President Janet Napolitano and their faculty colleagues from across the UC system at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for a one-hour online conversation on topics of interest.

Expected discussion topics during the Google Hangout include preserving UC's quality and standing as the world's top public research university, investing in UC innovation through the new UC Ventures fund, online education, maintaining access and affordability, and faculty compensation and benefits.

This is President Napolitano's fourth Google Hangout with members of various UC groups, and is being held to further her goal of fostering an ongoing dialogue with the UC community. Previous hangouts were held with UC students, staff and alumni.

The panelists for this Hangout are:

  • Mary Gilly, Academic Senate chair and business professor at UC Irvine (moderator)
  • Kimberly Lau, professor of literature, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lori Lubin, professor of physics, UC Davis
  • Ilhem Messaoudi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, UC Riverside
  • Rudy Ortiz, associate professor of natural sciences, UC Merced
  • Kris Pister, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, UC Berkeley

President Napolitano will take live questions from the online audience during the event for those that sign up to watch. Sign in with your Google account.

Faculty members who do not have a gmail address can still watch the Google Hangout live, but they will not be able to post questions.

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Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Employees invited to comment on Phased Retirement Program

Employees have the opportunity to comment on the proposed renewal of the Phased Retirement Program. Originally offered in 2012 as part of the University's cost savings and succession planning strategies, and scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, the core provisions of the proposed renewed program remain the same as the original program.

The Phased Retirement Program is an optional tool that locations may choose to provide eligible policy-covered staff who are 55 or older a transition into retirement. Individual departments decide whether it makes sense to offer this program within their operations after evaluating business needs. For represented employees, that program is subject to departmental approval as well as collective bargaining.

The program document is posted at

Please send all comments to Robin Sanchez at by Oct. 24.

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM
Tags: policy (17), Retirement (2), Robin Sanchez (5)

Employee comments sought for REC use and RAC meetings

The following policies regarding research and extension center use and research advisory committee meetings are available for employee comment: 


580 Appendix A, Procedural Requirements for Employee Organization Access to the Research and Extension Centers

580 Appendix B, ANR Research and Extension Center (REC) Access Violation Report


Links to all of these policies are located at

Please send comments and suggestions to Robin Sanchez at by Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

July 21 public comment on UCCE positions closes

The period for public comment on the 123 proposed new UCCE positions closes July 21. 

ANR leadership strongly encourages engaging external stakeholders in the process, including commodity groups, cooperating programs, agency partners, community groups and others to explicitly discuss priority needs for positions. They are invited to review and leave comments at

To comment on a proposal, find the position at the bottom of Above the list there is a search tool. Click the proposal title link and write in the “comments” text box. If desired, stakeholders may include their  title and/or organization.

The value of the comments is not in the quantity but the quality. These comments are not being used as votes. One collective set of thoughtful comments from an organization or group that explain why the position is important based on filling a critical need means more than an overwhelming number of comments that simply state support. Comments are publicly available and will be reviewed by the review teams, UC ANR Program Council and Vice President Allen-Diaz.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

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