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Deadline for DOMA-Related Back Taxes, Benefits Fair

November 6, 2013

Nov. 15 Deadline for DOMA-Related Back Taxes

In case you missed it: The UC has established a process for helping employees and retirees reclaim back taxes as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The deadline for submitting a consent form to recoup back taxes is Nov. 15.

Contact the Payroll Office to make this change.

It is important for people affected by the ruling to report their marriages to Human Resources as soon as possible so the UC can refund any 2013 taxes withheld. To do so, fill out the UPAY 850 form. Retirees should report marriages to the UC Retirement Administration Service Center by completing the UBEN 100 formPlease note that the court’s ruling and benefits changes do not apply to same-sex domestic partners. 

If you have any questions, please email the Human Resources Benefits office or call ext. 2363. Email Payroll services or call ext. 2729. Retirees should contact the UC Retirement Administration Service Center at 800-888-8267. More information is available in a news article on the At Your Service website.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Benefits Fair on Nov. 18

Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits began Oct. 28. If you have questions about the new medical plans being offered or other benefits-related queries, plan on attending the Open Enrollment Benefits Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the California Room. Come talk to vendors, get free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, a massage, a flu shot (prepayment required), free hot dogs, a chance to win door prizes and more. Remember to bring your CatCard to sign in.

Questions about the fair or Open Enrollment? Contact benefits@ucmerced.edu or call ext. 2363. 

Medical Plan Information Sessions Still Available

If you missed the recent medical plan town hall, there are still opportunities to attend an information session hosted by UC Merced benefits staff members. The remaining events and dates: 

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, KL 360

Off campus events:

  • 2:30- 3:30 p.m. today (Nov. 8), The Promenade 
  • 12-1 p.m. Nov. 14, Mondo Building 
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 14, The Promenade 
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Castle Commerce Center 

Additional online information:

  • View the Medical Plans Frequently Asked Questions posted on the At Your Service website
  • Visit the Open Enrollment website for detailed information regarding all 2014 UC benefits. Information is continuously updated, so visit this website frequently.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The following professional development trainings will be held in November and December: 

  • Nov. 13 – Delegating for Success and Accountability
  • Nov. 19 – Building Skills for Leadership and Empowerment
  • Dec. 10 – Ethical Leadership: Leading by the Golden Rule
  • Dec. 18 – Sexual Harassment Prevention – A Live Theater Performance
To register:
  • Log in to the UC Learning Center using your UC Merced Net ID.
  • Search for training by name in the search bar on the left of your screen.
  • Select the course you are interested in, click “register” to see offerings, schedule and location details.
  • Check the box next to the class that fits your needs and click “submit” to register.
For more information, contact hrtraining@ucmerced.edu or call ext. 8247.

New Employee Orientation on Dec. 6; Online Resources

New UC Merced staff members are invited to join Human Resources at the next new employee orientation from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in KL 232. For more information, visit the new employee orientation page.

The first few weeks in a new job can be challenging. To ease the stress of settling in, Human Resources has compiled a list of resources to assist new employees in acclimating to the university. Whether you are new to UC Merced or in a position of supervising others, you will find value in this resource.
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