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Office of the Chancellor

UCPath to Go Offline Twice in December

November 21, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

In December 2017, UC Merced became one of the first users of UCPath, the University of California’s replacement of its 40-year-old payroll system. Since then, UC has phased in other campuses.

In December, UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz will be added to UCPath. To accommodate their transition to the system, the UCPath portal will be offline from 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, to 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 and from 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. During these periods, you will not have access to the UC Path portal.

Affected functions include:

  • Viewing earning statements and W-2s
  • Making address changes
  • Enrolling in direct deposit
  • Making benefit selections

We recommend those who are newly eligible for university benefits (or who need to report a qualifying event, such as a birth or adoption) to enroll soon while the portal is available, or to complete a Health Benefits Election Form and submit it by email it to the UC Path Center .

Postdoctoral employees: Submit a benefits enrollment form by email to the UC Path Center . Should you experience any issues or have questions, please contact Sherry Coane in UC Merced’s Academic Personnel Office.

Payroll timelines and timesheet submissions will not be affected by the offline periods. However, departments should work closely with business officers or the department designee to ensure no critical payroll actions (such as appointment extensions) are missed. Review payroll timelines here .

From now through December, departments with active recruitment for any personnel type ( including undergraduate and graduate student employees ) must coordinate start dates with their designated recruiter and the appropriate department designee. Failure to effectively coordinate hire dates will negatively impact an employee’s ability to get a CatCard or to access timesheets or financial systems.

Following these December offline periods for UCPath, the next scheduled periods are in February, when UC San Francisco, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and UC Hastings College of the Law join the service. We will keep you posted on future developments as we receive updates.

If you have any questions about benefits, please reach out to our Human Resources team at .

Thank you,

UC Merced Human Resources