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Open Enrollment 2020 ends on November 26th at 5pm

10/31/2019

UC offers a wealth of valuable benefits for faculty and staff, and Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review your UC benefits to make sure you have the best coverage for 2020.

Learn about benefit changes and details benefit plans for 2020 by visiting the UC Open Enrollment website. And don’t forget, you must enroll or re-enroll in the Health and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) if you want to participate in 2020.

To make your Open Enrollment elections, visit the UC Open Enrollment website. The following resources are available if you have any questions during the Open Enrollment period.

Spring 2020 GSR Appointment Deadline is November 15, 2019

10/18/2019

GSR Appointment Deadlines

11/15/2019 - Graduate Student Researcher Appointment Request must be submitted and approved to ensure timely hiring for Spring 2020.
01/06/2020 - GSRs, both new and rehires, must complete paperwork to ensure January 2020 paycheck is received on 02/01/2020.
01/14/2020 - Last day to complete hiring paperwork.

UCPath does not allow us to accommodate late requests, so it's important to adhere to these deadlines.

Hiring/Onboarding Schedule

Student and GSR Hiring sessions are held in 199M Cory as follows:

Tuesdays 9am-11am
Wednesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 1pm-3pm

Contact ERSOStudentHiring@erso.berkeley.edu with any questions about the hiring process.

BRS Curtailment 2019 Deadlines

10/18/2019

ERSO is observing the annual closure of campus to conserve energy which will occur this year between Monday, December 23, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

ERSO is adhering to the Berkeley Regional Service Curtailment 2019 Deadlines.

ERSO Receiving deadlines:

  • Shipments received at 266 Sutardja Dai Hall by Thursday, December 19th will be delivered by Friday, December 20th.
  • Any shipment received after Thursday, December 19th will be delivered by Thursday, January 2nd.
  • Contact erso-receiving@erso.berkeley.edu with questions.

If you have any questions regarding ERSO internal deadlines, please contact the respective functional Team using their email alias: http://www.erso.berkeley.edu/erso/content/contact-us

Other important deadlines for campus:

SPO Proposal Submission: https://rac.berkeley.edu/winter_curtailment.html

Supply Chain Management (SCM) will have reduced staffing from December 20, 2019 through January 3, 2020 for the winter break.

  • The BearBuy system will remain up and available to campus users during this period.
  • Turnaround time will be slower than published Service Levels due to limited staff availability. We strongly advise that departments submit purchase requests for services and high value orders (over $10,000) no later than December 2nd if the goods or services are needed between December 20th and January 3rd.
  • Emergency acquisitions and automatic approvals (such as catalog orders under $5,000.00) will continue to be processed over the curtailment period of December 24 through January 1. If you have an emergency during this time, please email your assigned buyer and copy supplychain@berkeley.edu with the subject line "Emergency Acquisition" and a description of the business need. A buyer will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours. Emergencies are defined as purchases necessary to protect the life-safety of the campus community or required to maintain research and business continuity.
  • Report any service issues or unscheduled down time to bearbuyhelp@berkeley.edu.

Key deadlines announced for PPS retirement

08/09/2019

ERSO PET request process and deadlines: Completed and approved PET forms may either be dropped off at 197M Cory Hall or emailed to ersopayroll@erso.berkeley.edu. In order to ensure timely processing and corrections before the system is retired, the last submission deadline is Monday, August 19, 2019.

https://regionalservices.berkeley.edu/news/key-deadlines-announced-pps-retirement

Fall 2019 GSR Appointment Deadline is July 15, 2019

07/03/2019

GSR Appointment Deadlines

07/15/2019 - Graduate Student Researcher Appointment Request must be submitted and approved to ensure timely hiring for Fall 2019.
08/08/2019 - GSRs, both new and rehires, must complete paperwork to ensure August paycheck is received on 09/01/2019.
08/21/2019 - Last day to complete hiring paperwork; however, any paperwork completed after 8/8/19 risk receiving their August paycheck on 10/01/2019.

UCPath does not allow us to accommodate late requests, so it's important to adhere to these deadlines.

Hiring/Onboarding Schedule

Student and GSR Hiring sessions are held in 199M Cory as follows:

Tuesdays 9am-11am
Wednesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 1pm-3pm

Contact ERSOStudentHiring@erso.berkeley.edu with any questions about the hiring process.

New Certified Research Administrators

06/25/2019

The Certified Research Administrator (CRA) is a designation granted by the Research Administrators Certification Council. After much hard work and an arduous examination Miriam Kader, Sanchita Pal, Judy Tam and Sarah Gaugler have just been certified and are now in the national registry. Congratulations!

ERSO Appreciates our Awesome staff!

06/04/2019

ERSO celebrated all the great people that make up the ERSO team. We enjoyed an island themed event with mocktails, delicious island buffet and beautiful Hawaiian dancers. It was a gorgeous sunny day in Berkeley spent with colleagues enjoying each other's company.

April 24th ERSO Staff Salute

04/24/2019

Congrats to our latest Staff Salute winners!

Mary Cuison – October 2018
Erik Hoopes – November 2018
Natalie Chen – December 2018
Hannah Holloway – January 2019
Mary Courtney – February 2019
Larry Polito – March 2019

1st Quarter SPOT Award Winners:

  1. Alice Wong
  2. Cathy Weaver
  3. Gina Banton
  4. Joel Spitzer
  5. Maria Odezynskyj
  6. Sarah Lirio
  7. Veronika Blair

Team High Five Winners:

UC Path Team:

  1. Eboni Wilson
  2. Rebecca Foster
  3. Cathy Weaver
  4. Alberto Marcelo
  5. Joel Spitzer
  6. Nadya Abo-Shaeer (although Nadya is not an ERSO team member, she is supported by us and is providing training support to our region)

The Cal Answers Team:

  1. Sarah Gaugler
  2. Damon Hinson
  3. Derek Johnson
  4. Anthony Stamos
  5. Judy Tam
  6. Leslie Goldstein

Effort Report Certification Period

04/08/2019

Effort reporting is a process mandated by the federal government to verify that direct labor charges to, or cost shared on, sponsored projects are accurate, timely, and reflect the actual level of work performed. For more information on Effort Reporting, visit CGA’s website: http://controller.berkeley.edu/cga/effort-reporting

Deadlines are listed here:
03/01/2019 - 04/30/2019: ERC Review Period for July through December 2018
03/28/2019: Self-Certifier Deadline
04/02/2019: PI Review Period begins
04/18/2018: PI Review Period ends
April 30, 2019: Hard deadline for final certification!

For specific questions about your effort reports, please contact your Research Administrator or Effort Report Coordinator.

UCPATH Employee Information Session

01/25/2019

On January 23rd, ERSO held an employee information session about the employee self-service functions in UCPATH. If you missed the presentation, you may view it here. We also encourage you to view this video about the Employee Portal. (Scroll to the bottom of the webpage to access the link): https://ucpath.berkeley.edu/tools-resources/employee-resources

A few important reminders:

  • If you already have direct deposit set-up, there is nothing you need to do. It will roll into UCPATH from our current HR system.
  • If you do not have direct deposit set-up, we encourage you to do so now. Instructions on how to do so are available at this link: https://hr.berkeley.edu/hr-network/hr-systems/wfa/step-step/self-service/direct-deposit
  • ERSO HR and Payroll Operations will continue to be your resource as they are now for your HR and payroll needs.
  • As we transition to UCPATH, transactions may take longer. Please plan ahead and please be patient as we are all learning the new system at the same time.

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