Today at Berkeley Lab

Visa Considerations for Foreign Nationals Traveling This Summer

Be aware of the visa processing times abroad. You may check the most current wait time for your particular type of visa by issuing post location (U.S. consulate or embassy). Visit the U.S. Department of State website, enter the country where you wish to apply for your visa, and the wait times will populate based upon various visa categories. More>

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ADP to Mail IRS Form 1095 for 2015

Over the next few days, employees will receive Form 1095 to document information provided on their 2015 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Depending on employment status and the type of coverage, staff may receive one or more copies of Form 1095-B or 1095-C. More>

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Deadline for Director’s Achievement Award Nominations is May 6

Today at Berkeley Lab received incorrect information regarding the deadline for a recent article on nominations for safety. The deadline is not March 15, as previously posted. Human Resources will be posting a formal announcement with complete details in the near future.

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Lab Posts Updated Workforce Demographics Data

The Lab demographics for 2010 and 2015 have been posted on the Diversity and Inclusion website. Vera Potapenko, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, notes that while there have been some small gains, the Lab overall still has a long way to go to improve representation of women and minorities.

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Staff Asked to Provide Input Via Lab Survey by Feb. 5

If you are a career or term employee, faculty member, or postdoctoral fellow and haven’t responded to the employee survey, you are encouraged to share your perspectives. We’ve heard from nearly 60% of employees so far, and would like to hear from the rest of you. Check your inbox for an e-mail from Chris Paquette (surveys@mor-assoc.com) for your link to the survey.

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Assessment and Skill Building Opportunities for Supervisors

The application period for the UC Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is now open. Lab supervisors are eligible to participate as an assessee or an assessor. Assessees gain knowledge and insight regarding strengths, areas for skill development and career direction through feedback from assessors on small group work in simulated management scenarios. Deadline is Jan. 15. More>

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Workshop on ‘The Art of Effective Negotiation’ on Sept. 23

The workshop, hosted by the Women’s Scientists and Engineers Council, takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Building 15-253. It will teach the fundamentals of negotiation relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings. There is no cost to attend this workshop. Go here to RSVP.

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Technical Issues Impact Issuance of U.S. Visas, Passports Abroad

The State Department is currently experiencing technical issues with the overseas passport and visa systems. The Lab’s International Researchers and Scholars Office is preparing targeted communications to its employees and affiliates abroad. More>

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Lab Team Attends National Society of Black Engineers Convention

Workforce Development & Education, Human Resources, and the Joint Genome Institute recently attended the National Society of Black Engineers. The team discussed internship opportunities, careers, groundbreaking research at Berkeley Lab, and what it’s like to work at a DOE national laboratory. More>

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Lab Creates New ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences Area’

At first, this Area will steward the Earth Sciences Division, and the new Associate Laboratory Director will be charged with developing a new organizational structure that reflects the strategic plan they will create by working closely with the Area’s science community. More>

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