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Human Resources News and Announcements

September 25, 2013

Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 28

Open Enrollment begins Oct. 28 and continues through Nov. 26. The UC is offering a revamped menu of medical plans for 2014 and the Office of the President has posted initial information about the changes on the At Your Service website. 
Two new plans will be available, Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, which features a UC-funded health savings account; and UC Care, UC's own PPO plan that offers members access to UC doctors and hospitals. Four current plans — Anthem Blue Cross PPO and PLUS, Anthem Lumenos with HRA and Health Net Full HMO — are being discontinued. Some details, such as premium costs and a list of physicians participating in the new plans, is not yet available. However, employees will be informed and updated as additional information is released. Meanwhile, plan on attending UC Merced’s Open Enrollment Benefits Fair for faculty and staff members on Nov. 18.
Upcoming Training, Professional Development Workshops
Human Resources is pleased to announce the following training opportunities scheduled in October:
  • Oct.   1 – Communication and Influence
  • Oct.   9 – Recruiting and Hiring
  • Oct. 15 – Building Skills for Leadership and Empowerment
  • Oct. 16 – Recruiting and Hiring
  • Oct. 23 – What Supervisors Should Know about Managing Change
  • Oct. 29 – Ethical Leadership – Leading by the Golden Rule
To register:
  1. Log in to the UC Learning Center using your UC Merced Net ID.
  2. Search for training by name in the search bar on the left of your screen.
  3. Select the course you are interested in, click “register” to see offerings, schedule and location details.
  4. Check the box next to the class that fits your needs and click “submit” to register.
For more information, email hrtraining@ucmerced.edu or call ext. 8247.
New Employee Orientation
The next new employee orientation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in KL 360. Please note the room change for the October orientation. For more information, visit the new employee orientation webpage.
Online Resources for New Employees
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.
Contact HR
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