New Employees

Initial Eligibility Information 

To initially be eligible for benefits, the newly hired, recently reclassified employee or Postdoctoral Scholar’s appointment would be evaluated by UCPath using the following factors: appointment type, membership in UCRP, appointment percentage, and appointment duration. If the employee or postdoctoral scholar does not meet the criteria, the employee or postdoctoral scholar is not initially eligible for benefits.  The complete list of benefit programs can be viewed here. UnifyHR will request documents to verify your family members' benefits eligibility. If you do not comply with the required document in the timeframe provided, your dependents will be de-enrolled. 

You have 31 days, starting with your first day of hire, to enroll in health and welfare benefits. You can expect medical cards mailed 3-4 weeks after you have selected your medical plan. 

Benefits elections are done on the UC Path website.

New Employee Benefits Orientation

There are two benefits orientations available for employees to attend:

(Please look at your offer letter or the UCPath portal Dashboard.) 

*Benefits Orientations are subject to change times and dates. 

Eligible Family Members

You may enroll the following family members in your UC benefits:

For information on eligibility criteria, please refer to A Complete Guide to Your UC Health and Welfare Benefits or the Group Insurance Eligibility Fact Sheet for Retirees. UC requires all faculty, staff, and retirees who enroll family members in their medical, dental, and/or vision insurance plans to provide documents to be verified

Domestic Partner's eligibility rules differ for health and UC Retirement Plans benefits. Visit Establishing a domestic partnership to ensure you have established your domestic partner’s eligibility for UCRP survivor benefits.


Once you decide which benefits you would like to enroll in, log in to UCPath Portal to enroll in health & welfare benefits

(Instructions to log into UCPath)


Name Your Beneficiaries 

Remember to name your beneficiaries. Beneficiary designations do not automatically carry over across your benefits, so please take the necessary steps to assign them to each benefit plan. You may change your beneficiaries in the future at any time. 

To update beneficiaries for: