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Medical Plan Change Deadline Approaching, Retirement Planning at UC Merced

March 5, 2014

Deadline to Make Medical Plan Change is March 31 

If you were enrolled in the wrong medical plan for 2014, you still have time to talk to the Human Resources benefits office about making a change. The UC made significant changes to its medical plan offerings for 2014, and some faculty and staff members who didn’t make choices during Open Enrollment might have been defaulted to a plan they don't want. Or, maybe you learned more about one of the plans and want to change your selection.
Even if you've already used medical services in 2014, there could be an option to correct your enrollment retroactively. If you think you are enrolled in the wrong plan, contact Leticia Aldama in HR before March 31. You can reach her by email or at ext. 2348. Remember: The option to make a change applies only to medical plan benefits.

Fidelity Investments on Campus March 14

A representative with Fidelity Investments will be on campus March 14 in KL 362, to teach the following retirement planning and savings workshops:
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Getting on the Right Path with Your Workplace Savings
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Your UC Retirement System
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Accessing Your Account Workshop     
To reserve a spot in any of the classes, call 800-642-7131 or register online. Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. 

Professional Development Workshops

Below are the upcoming professional development courses through March:
  • March 11 – Ethical Leadership – Leading by the Golden Rule
  • March 12 – Team Building
  • March 19 – Crucial Accountability
  • March 20 – Conducting Performance Appraisals
  • March 25 – Supervising According to Union Contracts
  • March 26 – Communication and Influence
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, Resources

The next new employee orientation is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 4 in KL 232. For more information, visit the new employee orientation webpage.
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 tool.