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 2017-2018 Deadline approaching: Open Enrollment ends Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This is your last week to review and update your medical and other benefits for 2018 – Open Enrollment ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 21.

Don't miss out, there is still time to to obtain information regarding your benefits and make changes to your plan selections.

Highlights include: continued low costs, full range of plan choices to make sure you have the best fit for you and your family, details about changes for 2018 including information about a new pharmacy benefits administrator, changes to the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) carryover period, and this year you have the ability to enroll in the ARAG Legal Plan during this Open Enrollment period.

Please visit the UCR 2018 Open Enrollment website and for additional information, visit the UC Open Enrollment website.

Understanding UC’s benefits for domestic partners

Understanding UC’s benefits for domestic partners, UC offers comprehensive benefits to faculty, staff and retirees, and to their families. The rules around these benefits can be complicated, though, especially for domestic partners. If you are in a domestic partnership, check out Establishing a Domestic Partnership and Benefits for Domestic Partners to make sure you understand the rules and how to ensure your partner doesn’t lose out on any valuable benefits.

For more information about UC's Benefits for domestic partners, visit UCnet/News.

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.

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.

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