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Nominations Open for Employee Recognition Program; Deadline is June 30

Administered by HR in conjunction with the Directorate, the Awards for Exceptional Achievement and Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments in advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Any employee can submit a nomination. Honorees will be acknowledged at a ceremony and reception in December.

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Michelle Scanlon Appointed New Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Scanlon comes to Berkeley Lab with 25 years of HR experience at both federally funded and commercial institutions. At Sandia National Lab, she spearheaded diversity initiatives and played an important HR role in the initial Joint BioEnergy Institute partnership. Her appointment was effective March 20. Go here to read a message from Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak.

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New Postdoc Orientation on April 5

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 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Employee 30-day Comment Period Open on Compensation Policy Updates

Berkeley Lab invites employee comments on proposed updates to the compensation policy in the Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM). For details on proposed revisions, go here. To provide comments on proposed changes, submit to hrpolicies@lbl.gov by April 25.

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Updated Flexible Work Options Policy Open for Employee Comments

The Flexible Work Options policy, which includes telecommuting, is being updated. Revisions clarify policy and assure effective management of options. Recognizing telecommuting does not work equally well for all employees, jobs, or work units, approval remains at sole discretion of managers on a case-by-case basis. For revision details, go here. Submit comments here by April 25.

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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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