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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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Foster a Harassment-Free Workplace: Live Training Offered

This is an updated and interactive alternative to the two-hour web module harassment curriculum. The training — Dec. 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium — is for those who want to educate themselves in fostering a harassment free workplace and increase diversity and inclusion awareness. This course qualifies supervisors for their sexual harassment biennial requirement.

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Nov. 2 Postdoc Orientation

The orientation is organized by the Lab’s Postdoc Association and Human Resources 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 available. The event takes place at 8:45 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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Nov. 7 Open Enrollment Presentation

Information on medical plans and disability insurance will be provided. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will also be live streamed. More>

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Chief Human Resources Officer Vera Potapenko Retiring Nov. 1

A search committee for her successor has been identified and will soon be interviewing candidates, with a replacement to be announced in three to four months. Ellen Ford, senior advisor to COO Glenn Kubiak, will serve as HR and Diversity Officer until a replacement is found. Michelle Flynn will serve as acting COO senior advisor during that time. Go here for a message from Kubiak.

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Visa Considerations for Foreign Nationals Traveling This Summer

Be aware of the visa processing times abroad. You may check the most current wait time for your particular type of visa by issuing post location (U.S. consulate or embassy). Visit the U.S. Department of State website, enter the country where you wish to apply for your visa, and the wait times will populate based upon various visa categories. More>

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ADP to Mail IRS Form 1095 for 2015

Over the next few days, employees will receive Form 1095 to document information provided on their 2015 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Depending on employment status and the type of coverage, staff may receive one or more copies of Form 1095-B or 1095-C. More>

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Deadline for Director’s Achievement Award Nominations is May 6

Today at Berkeley Lab received incorrect information regarding the deadline for a recent article on nominations for safety. The deadline is not March 15, as previously posted. Human Resources will be posting a formal announcement with complete details in the near future.

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Lab Posts Updated Workforce Demographics Data

The Lab demographics for 2010 and 2015 have been posted on the Diversity and Inclusion website. Vera Potapenko, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, notes that while there have been some small gains, the Lab overall still has a long way to go to improve representation of women and minorities.

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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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