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Benefits for New Hires

Welcome to the University! Navigating all the information out there can be a bit overwhelming but there is help! If you have questions, feel free to contact Laurie Pangelina or LHRD who can help you navigate and get enrolled for all your benefits quickly. When in doubt, ASK!

  • Remember you only have 31 days to enroll.
  • The sooner you enroll, the sooner you will receive your medical cards and be able to use your benefits.
  • After you have enrolled in your benefits, you will receive a Family Member Eligibility Verification packet from Secova requesting documentation to verify your family members. It will normally take a few weeks to receive this audit packet. You will need to complete the audit by the due date to avoid loss of coverage.


To enroll in benefits, log on to the At Your Service (AYSO) area of the UCNet website.

For newly eligible employees, employees who have had a change in their appointment and are now eligible for benefits, it may be necessary to complete the UPAY 850 form to enroll instead of enrolling online. Please consult with Laurie Pangelina for guidance with the form.

For employees hired after 7/1/2016:

Beginning July 1, 2016, you will have a choice with your UC retirement through the UC Retirement Choice Program. You will receive information on the new retirement plan on your first day, and Fidelity will be sending you additional information and reminders to complete your pension choice.

It is imperative that you make your pension choice decision online as soon as possible. Your retirement choice deduction will not begin until you have made that choice.

Visit UCnet for further information regarding the 2016 Retirement Choice Program.

Related Resources:

UCnet: Compensation and Benefits

Benefits at UC Berkeley

What to Do if You're a New Employee: a roadmap for enrolling in benefits at UC