A search committee for her successor has been identified and will soon be interviewing candidates, with a replacement to be announced in three to four months. Ellen Ford, senior advisor to COO Glenn Kubiak, will serve as HR and Diversity Officer until a replacement is found. Michelle Flynn will serve as acting COO senior advisor during that time. Go here for a message from Kubiak.
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>
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>
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your link to the survey.
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>
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.
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>
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>