Human Resources

ShoutOut Awards!

The ShoutOut Award provides a small but important way to acknowledge staff for extraordinary acts of service and support. The ShoutOut Award process is simple:

  • Any Berkeley Law community member may nominate any other community member at any time for a ShoutOut Award.
  • Send an e-mail to with the nominee’s name in the subject line and a 2-3 sentence justification for the award in the body of the message.
  • Within the week, the recipient will receive a ShoutOut Award, including the text of the nomination, and a $10 Zeb’s gift card.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jeanette Ching (


Food Drive Success!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to our Food Drive to benefit The Bear Pantry! Your generous donations will support low-income UC Berkeley student families with dependent children.

Thank you to Lisa Ferrari for her help with the food collection logistics and to the Clinical Program office, Library, Registrar’s Office, and Student Services for hosting the collection bins. All of your support was key to the success of our effort.


2017 Merit increases for non-represented staff

Thank you to everyone for participating in the annual performance review process. We hope you all had productive conversations with your supervisors and have clear goals for the upcoming year. If you need assistance identifying development opportunities to help you to reach your goals, please feel free to contact HR.

Managers have completed the merit process for eligible employees (non-represented, career staff hired prior to 1/1/17) and submitted their salary recommendations to Central Campus for processing. Merit increases will be awarded retroactively to July 1, 2017 for monthly paid employees and June 18, 2017 for bi-weekly paid employees.

Employees paid monthly will see the merit increase in their paycheck on 11/1/17 and those on a bi-weekly schedule will see the merit increase in their 10/18/17 paycheck. Both monthly paid and bi-weekly paid employees will receive retroactive payments on their 11/1/17 paycheck.

New Hires

Welcome to Our New Employees:

Shivani Bhatia,  Director of Finance & Business Services

Andrea Cousins, Interim Annual Fund Officer

Diane Sprouse, Interim Office Manager

Identity Protection Services

With the recent Equifax breach, many people have been asking how to protect their identity.

If you have elected the ARAG Pre-paid Legal plan, you already have access to identity protection services. The plan’s benefits include credit monitoring, full-service identity restoration, and identity theft insurance. You can find more details in the ARAG plan booklet. Please note that you must take the action outlined in the booklet to activate these services.

If you aren’t sure if you’ve elected this plan, sign in to At Your Service and view your benefits. Questions? Contact Campus Shared Services at 510-664-9000, option 3.

2018: Save the Date!
To explore additional resources and support related to your personal financial matters, the 7th Annual Financial Fair for Personal Finance will be held on March 15, 2018.

2017 Curtailment Dates

Campus is planning its annual energy conservation closures for the end-of-year holidays. Enjoy!

Closure dates will occur between Mon. Dec. 25, 2017 and Mon., Jan. 1, 2018.

The closure days are:

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017:         Administrative & Academic Holiday
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017:        Administrative & Academic Holiday
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017:  Closure day
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017:      Closure day
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017:           Administrative & Academic Holiday
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018:          Administrative & Academic Holiday

Wage Increases Effective October 1, 2017

Student Workers
The UC Berkeley campus will increase the minimum wage for all student (casual/restricted) jobs to $13.75/hour effective Oct. 1, 2017 to be in alignment with the upcoming minimum wage increase implemented by the City of Berkeley. This minimum wage implementation primarily affects our student assistants. All impacted biweekly paid employees will see this change on their Oct. 18 paycheck.

UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan
Effective on Oct. 1, 2017, Central Human Resources will implement the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan rate of $15.00/hour for all eligible UC Berkeley employees.

2018 Open Enrollment: Oct. 26 – Nov. 21

UC Open Enrollment 2018 for health and welfare benefits began Oct. 26 at 8 am and ends Nov. 21 at 5 pm.

The enrollment website is live and contains all the details about options, costs, and what’s changing in 2018. Booklets were also mailed out on Fri., Oct. 20.

You can attend information sessions and schedule a one-on-one phone consultation. Please see the Berkeley Law HR Benefits webpage for more information.

Please note: While HR representatives will be attending all sessions, health plan representatives will only be present at the Oct. 31 session.

Pay Range Adjustment: GSIs, Tutors, and GSRs

Pursuant to the terms of their contract, the Academic Student Employee (ASE) salary scales have been increased by 3 percent effective 10/1/17. The salary scales for GSRs have also been increased by 3 percent effective 10/1/17.

The updated salary rates will be processed automatically by the Academic Personnel Office (APO) and Campus Shared Services (CSS).

You can find more information here.

New Hires

Welcome to our new employees:


Prithika Balakrishnan, Lecturer;

Emily Berry, Lecturer of Legal Writing;

Juliet Bonczkowski, Database Enrollment Specialist, Financial Aid;

Fiona Bradford, Helpdesk Analyst, IS&T;