Layoff: Other Resources (Employees)

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General Resources

  1. Employment Services. The Transition Services Program is provided by Employment Services. It offers ongoing support to laid-off employees. Its goal is to help you gain the confidence, knowledge, and strategies to effectively conduct a job search. Your manager will make an appointment for you with the Transition Services team. They will provide you with information on resume and cover letter development, interview preparation, Internet search strategies, and job search support services available to you.
  2. Employee Relations. Employee Relations Consultants are available to provide assistance in response to the University's contracts and personnel policies. You can contact an ER Consultant at 510-642-7163 or askeru@berkeley.edu.
  3. Benefits. When you receive your layoff notice, check with your Department Benefits Counselor regarding continuation of your benefits and retirement plan options. If needed the HR Benefits Unit can be reached at 510-642-7053 or benefits@berkeley.edu.
  4. Training. the campus offers a variety of classes that may be of value to you in your job search. Information about these classes and enrollment instructions are available online.
  5. CARE Services. CARE Services provides confidential services and referrals to help laid-off employees and their families deal with transition challenges and related personal stress. Their phone number is 510-643-7754.
  6. The Staff Ombuds Office is a confidential, informal, impartial, neutral, and non-adversarial alternative for the resolution of work-related problems and concerns. Their phone number is 642-7823.
  7. Career Counseling Library at University Health Services. The Career Counseling Library is a unique collection of books, files, school catalogs, and electronic resources. It is staffed by a professional career librarian and assistants who can help you explore careers, majors, and schools. The Library complements the comprehensive career counseling program offered by the Counseling and Psychological Services unit at UHS. For information, see the Career Counseling Library website or call 642-9494.
  8. Community Resources. Outside the campus there are a variety of employment resources, including the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), college placement services, temporary help agencies, Private Industry Council (PIC) offices, and CalWorks agencies such as East Bay Works that provide excellent job search assistance. Your Employment Services recruiter will provide you with an up-to-date list of support agencies in the community as well as Internet job boards you can use to post your resume and search for job.

Learning and Development Resources

UCB provides limited access to learning and development classes for staff on layoff status. The following is list of programs and services available to staff prior to separation from the university and during their preferential rehire period.

Human Resources. HR provides limited classes in the area of Career Development that may be helpful for staff scheduled for or currently on layoff. If you are scheduled for layoff but still employed you may enroll in these classes by using your UC ID. If you have been separated from UCB, please call the Transition Services Program at 643-8702 for enrollment assistance.

University Health Services. University Health Services provides limited classes early in the preferential rehire period. Please contact 643-4646 for course information and enrollment.

Career Counseling Library. The Career Counseling Library at the Tang Center 2220 Bancroft Way is open to staff at no charge prior to separation from UCB. The phone number is 642-2367.

Unemployment Insurance

  1. Go to Employment Development Department.
  2. Click on Forms & Publications in the left column under General Information.
  3. Find Unemployment Insurance and click on Forms and Publications in this section.
  4. Scroll down to the DE1275 publication, A Guide to Benefits and Employment Services. It comes in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Benefits Resources

HR Benefits Unit
Phone: 642-7053
Email: benefits@berkeley.edu

Retirement Plan Questions

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COBRA Questions

If you have questions regarding continuation of your University-sponsored medical, dental, or vision coverage under COBRA, contact Sharon Johnson (sdjohnson@berkeley.edu, 643-7547).

For More Information

UC Human Resources and Benefits (UCnet)

UC HR/ Benefits
Customer Service Center
E-mail: customer.service@ucop.edu
Monday - Friday
Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., PT
1-800-888-8267, press 4

Other Numbers

American Home Assurance
(for AD&D conversion)
1-800-772-7863

Prudential Conversion Office
(for life insurance conversion)
1-877-889-2070

A+ (California Casualty) Service Center
1-800-800-9410

California Franchise Tax Board
1-800-852-5711

Internal Revenue Service
1-800-829-1040

Social Security Administration
1-800-772-1213

Fidelity Retirement Services
http://www.netbenefits.com
Monday - Friday
Hours: 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., PT
1-866-682-7787, press 3

California Public Employees'
Retirement System (CalPERS)
http://www.calpers.ca.gov
1-888-225-7377

California State Teachers'
Retirement System (CalSTRS)
http://www.strs.ca.gov
1-800-228-5453

CONEXIS
(for DepCare and Health FSA)
http://mybenefits.conexis.com
Phone: 1-800-482-4120
Claims Fax: 1-800-482-4174