Today at Berkeley Lab

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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CANCELED: Free Workshop on Developing Self-Awareness on March 3

The workshop — sponsored by UC Berkeley’s CARE Services — will focus on strategies to help create more self-awareness and use that knowledge to set goals, mitigate stress, and improve relationships. The event takes place Tuesday, March 3, in Building 90-1099. More>

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Announcing ‘1 Minute 4 HR’ Website

Human Resources has launched of “1 Minute 4 HR,” which features slides designed to assist employees and supervisors in conducting discussions on various HR topics. The link can be found in the A-Z directory (under the letter “O”) and on the HR website, under Employee or Supervisor Resources.

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Updated Regulations for J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors are Now in Effect

Implementation of the processes, originally outlined in this Dec. 19 TABL article, will remain in place, ensuring the Lab is in compliance with new federal regulations. For more information, contact the International Researchers and Scholars office at irso@lbl.gov.

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2014 W2 Forms to be Mailed No Later than Jan. 31

The 2014 W-2 (Wage & Tax Statement) will be mailed to your home address no later than Jan. 31, 2015. Go here to verify your address is correct. Address information must be updated by Jan. 16 to ensure proper delivery. For international address changes, contact your HR Center business partner.

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