University of California, Riverside

Human Resources


Benefits: Facilitate Planning for the Future

The Benefits of Belonging

UC Riverside offers a comprehensive and competitive array of benefit choices. Employment benefits are an important part of your compensation package.

Most UC employees are eligible for benefits, but your benefits package depends on the length of your appointment, how many hours you work, and your appointment type. Retirees are eligible based on their age and years of service credit at retirement. Learn more about benefits eligibility.

If you are represented by a union, your compensation and benefits are governed by your union’s contract.

Be sure to visit our Benefit's pages to learn about the benefits the University provides, depending on your type of appointment.

What's New

Open Enrollment Open Enrollment is Coming Next Month

Thursday, October 26 – Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UC’s annual Open Enrollment is your opportunity to explore your options, learn ways to manage your costs, and get information about benefits to help you stay well. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Kaiser Permanente will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic during the Open Enrollment Benefits Fair. Flu shots will be offered free on a limited first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: you do not have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to receive a flu shot.

Print and post the Open Enrollment flyers: Spanish/English

Anthem to replace OptumRx for PPO pharmacy benefits in 2018

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Anthem Blue Cross will administer pharmacy benefits for all of UC’s preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans. This change will affect faculty, staff and retirees enrolled in the following PPO plans:

  • Core
  • UC Care
  • UC Health Savings Plan
  • UC High Option Supplement to Medicare
  • UC Medicare PPO with Rx

Anthem currently administers medical and behavioral health benefits for UC’s PPO plans, and will continue in that role in 2018. Fore more information regarding this change in benefits, please visit the UCNet News website.

UCR Lactation Program Expands

In an effort to promote a family-friendly work environment for nursing mothers, UC Riverside has expanded the number of lactation room locations. Effective immediately, faculty, staff and students will have access to 7 lactation rooms and alternate options to ensure mothers have access to private space for lactation purposes. Learn more

New Disability Insurance Options for 2017

UC is changing its voluntary disability insurance options to give all eligible employees — those currently covered and those not enrolled — new options for protecting their finances. For 2017, you can choose Voluntary Short-Term Disability (benefits up to six months), Long-Term Disability (benefits after six months, up to your Social Security retirement age) or both, depending on your needs and budget.

To learn more about 2017 Disability Insurance Options, visit UCnet and read "Protect your paycheck — New disability insurance options for 2017 offer greqater financial peace of mind."

New Employee Benefits Orientation – 2017 Schedule
Live Webinars

Human Resources now offers new faculty and staff the option of participating in New Employee Benefits Orientations via live webinar. The live webinars are sponsored by UC Path and are designed to offer employees the flexibility to learn about UC health and welfare benefits and retirement plans on a mobile device or at their desk.

Employees who are eligible for benefits and have not attended a benefits orientation in the past have the option to register and participate in a live webinar. 

Webinar Schedule

When: Weekly/Fridays
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
How: Register online at
Classroom Sessions

If you are not able to attend a New Employee Benefits webinar, you are welcome to register for a classroom orientation. All classes occur on the 1st Thursday of each month and will be held in the Human Resources Training Room located in University Village. For more information, please click here.

University of California Regents Approve New Retirement Program for Future Employees

At its March 2016 meeting, the UC Board of Regents approved a new retirement program for future UC employees, as part of a broader effort to maintain the university’s excellence and sustain its long-term financial health. The new retirement program includes a cap on pensionable earnings for UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016 that mirrors the limit on pensionable pay for state employees under the 2013 California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).  UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016 will have a choice between two retirement benefits options:

Option 1
  • Pension benefit with PEPRA cap; applies to eligible pay up to $117k, plus 401(k)-style supplement; applies to eligible pay above $117k up to $265k (applies to all eligible pay up to $265k for faculty)
  • Employee contributions – 7% up to $265k
  • UC contributions
    • Pension benefit for all employees: 8% up to PEPRA cap
    • Supplement for eligible faculty: 5% on all pay up to $265k
    • Supplement for staff and other academics: 3% on pay above PEPRA cap up to $265k
    • Vesting – 5 years UC pension service credit
Option 2
  • 401(k)-style benefit that applies to eligible pay up to $265k
  • Employee contributions – 7% up to $265k
  • Employer Contributions
    • 8% for all employees up to $265k

Eligible employees must choose one option within an initial 90-day enrollment period. Employees who do not make a choice within the initial 90-day enrollment period will be enrolled in Option 1 by default.

You can find additional information about the new 2016 Retirement Program in UCnet.

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