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State Department Updates Regulations for J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors

The U.S. Department of State will be implementing updated regulations for the J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program effective Jan. 5. The Lab’s International Researchers and Scholars Office will be implementing a process involving hiring managers and hosts to meet these new requirements. More>

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Lab Foreign Nationals Should Contact IRSO Before Traveling Abroad

If going oversees for the holidays, foreign national employees and affiliates should meet with their IRSO advisor to discuss visa status and documents to ensure the ability to re-enter the U.S. upon completion of travel. More>

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Lab Releases Workforce Demographic Data

As part of the diversity and inclusion initiative, the Lab has released demographic data showing that women account for 33 percent of its total workforce and underrepresented minorities (Black, Hispanic, and Native American) account for 13 percent. Go here for the news release and here for more complete data by job category. More>

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Earn Up to $2,000 When Referred Candidate is Hired for a Lab Job

Employees can serve as key players in identifying talented individuals to fill scientific and operations jobs. Each referral leading to a successful hire may be eligible for up to $2000 through the Employee Referral Incentive Program. More>

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HR’s Bill Singh is a Safety Super-Hero

Lab Senior HR Recruiter Bill Singh is among the winners in the most recent Hero Card raffle. His action to prevent a slip-and-fall hazard on a walkway was observed by a colleague, who handed him a Hero Card for his good deed. And now Bill is $50 richer by winning the raffle. More>

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Lab Program Provides Back-Up Dependent Care

Berkeley Lab’s Back-Up Care Advantage Program through Bright Horizons provides employees temporary child and adult/elder care for up to 15 days per calendar year. Center-based childcare is $15 per child per day (maximum of $25 per family per day). Bright Horizons will waive the fee for the first use of center-based care in 2014. In-home child and adult/elder care is also available for $6 per hour. Back-up care is helpful when:

· Your child is mildly ill and needs care at home
· You are returning to work and need care for your parent while you transition back to a normal schedule
· Your primary care provider is unavailable

Go here to register (new users: username = LBNL/password = 4Backup), or call 877-242-2737 for 24 hours a day assistance.

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Filipino-American Club Raises $1,500 for Typhoon Victims

Through the generosity of Berkeley Lab employees, the Filipino-American Club was able to donate nearly $1,500 to UNICEF. The funds will support UNICEF’s efforts to provide emergency water and sanitation, medical and nutrition supplies, and educational and recreational materials to some of the 6 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. UNICEF is working with partners to deliver measles and polio immunizations, as well as immunity-boosting Vitamin A supplements, to 30,000 children in typhoon-devastated areas. Contact Lady Idos or Madelyn Bello for more information on the Filipino-American Club.

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CARE Services, the Lab’s Employee Assistance Program

Located at the UC Berkeley campus/TANG Center, CARE Services offers assistance to all Lab employees and their spouses/partners and dependents with a wide range of personal and work-related issues related to, but not limited to, elder/child care, relationships, and stress. CARE Services also provides assistance to supervisors concerning their employees. CARE Services professionals help you find solutions to your challenges through counseling, consultation, assessment, and referrals. All records are kept strictly confidential and secured solely within CARE Services. All services are confidential, voluntary, and free of charge. Call (510) 643-7754 for an appointment.

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Notice Regarding Exception to Reduction in Force Policy

Consistent with UC policy, UC has approved an exception to the LBNL Reduction in Force policy to replace seniority as the primary factor in determining the order of layoff with additional consideration of criteria of such as relevant skills, knowledge, and abilities; documented performance; and length of service. The exception is required to meet financial and budgeting constraints, and will remain in effect from Jan. 6, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Questions about this exception can be directed to your divisional HR Center.

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Dec. 16 Presentation and Q&A on Leave of Absence Policy

The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) is hosting a presentation on “Leave of Absence” (LOA), followed by Q&A. It event takes place Monday, Dec. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The purpose is to raise awareness on the process and policy around LOA, family/medical leave, and options at the Lab. All employees are invited, and supervisors and managers are encouraged to attend. The Disability Management Team in Human Resources will lead the presentation. Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact dio@lbl.gov or visit the WSEC website.

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