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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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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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