Today at Berkeley Lab

Postdoc Orientation on Feb. 8

The orientation, organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association and Human Resources, is for all new postdocs and international employees. Participants will learn about the various resources available at the Lab. Information on visa and immigration services will also be shared. The event takes place at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Executive Order Impacts Visa Issuance Process Abroad

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order (EO) suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program (VIWP). This order applies to citizens from all foreign countries seeking a visa for entry into the U.S. The VIWP EO requires that all foreign nationals seeking any type of nonimmigrant visa attend an in-person visa interview at the appropriate U.S. consulate or embassy. More>

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Postdoc Orientation on Jan. 12

The orientation, organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association and Human Resources, is for all new postdocs and international employees. Participants will learn about the various resources available at the Lab. Information on visa and immigration services will also be shared. The event takes place at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Teamsters Local 2010 to Strike Jan. 10

Teamsters Local 2010 has provided notice of its intent to strike on Tuesday, Jan. 10, based on perceived unfair labor practices by the University. The University views the union’s charges as being without foundation, and therefore considers the strike unlawful because the parties are still in active negotiations and no impasse has been reached. More>

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Postdoc Orientation on Dec. 7

The orientation, organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association and Human Resources, is for all new postdocs and international employees. Participants will learn about the various resources available at the Lab. Information on visa and immigration services will also be shared. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec 7, at 9 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Foster a Harassment-Free Workplace: Live Training Offered

This is an updated and interactive alternative to the two-hour web module harassment curriculum. The training — Dec. 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium — is for those who want to educate themselves in fostering a harassment free workplace and increase diversity and inclusion awareness. This course qualifies supervisors for their sexual harassment biennial requirement.

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Nov. 2 Postdoc Orientation

The orientation is organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association and Human Resources for all new postdocs and international employees. Participants will learn about the various resources available at the Lab. Information on visa and immigration services will also be available. The event takes place at 8:45 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Nov. 7 Open Enrollment Presentation

Information on medical plans and disability insurance will be provided. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will also be live streamed. More>

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Chief Human Resources Officer Vera Potapenko Retiring Nov. 1

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.

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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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