The most important thing to know about benefits is that some plans have a Period of Initial Eligibility (PIE), which is usually 31 days from your date of hire. You must enroll within that period of time. Most campus departments have a Department Benefits Counselor who can help you with enrollment.
Vacation, sick leave, and holidays are determined by personnel policy and bargaining agreements. Please see the personnel policy or bargaining agreement that covers your position for information on these topics. If you are a Visiting or Post-doctoral Scholar, please check with your department for information about your benefits.