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>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the WSEC website.
The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) invites Lab employees to attend its annual December Networking Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Building 15-253 conference room. Lunch will be provided. The WSEC focuses on developing strategies for professional development, work/life balance, recruitment, retention, and career advancement of the Lab’s women scientists and engineers. To RSVP click here. Send e-mail for more information, or go here.
The Lab recently hired four new employees with developmental disabilities through Project Search, a national program that provides job training for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities then partners with employers to further their job training. The employees — including Christine Dinh, right, with the Lab’s program coordinator Lady Idos — are working in Human Resources, Engineering, NERSC, and Physical Biosciences. More>
Employees who face work-related conflict — such as disputes, interpersonal difficulties with colleagues, subordinates or supervisors, preparing for a difficult conversation, harassment, cultural misunderstandings, bureaucratic frustrations, or incivility — can utilize the Lab’s Ombuds Service. The Ombuds provides assistance that is confidential, informal, neutral and independent of the Lab’s administrative structure. Appointments are typically held offsite, however, the Ombuds is available for onsite appointments on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Appointments are required 510-642-7823).
Join the Diversity and Inclusion Council on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30pm on the Cafeteria Lawn as to celebrate the Lab’s diversity in this one-day tour around the world. Come learn how to Zumba and Salsa with the Dance Club, sing along with students from the German International School, and answer trivia questions with the Lambda Alliance. Make sure to check out the Bay View Café’s special menu for the week. To find out more information about these festivities, go here.