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.
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Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Eligible employees may use it as a paid holiday with supervisor approval, and who have not taken Cesar Chavez Day as a paid holiday this calendar year. Those who have taken Cesar Chavez Day or will take Veterans’ Day as a holiday, must use a vacation day or take a leave of absence without pay on Dec. 26. Go to the Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance webpage for more information. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is in the Requirements and Policies Manual, Holiday Policy. Go here to view the Laboratory’s holiday schedule.
Starting Nov. 15, smoking (including “e-cigarettes”) at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute will be limited to new designated areas. These areas were selected to minimize the impact of second hand smoke on nonsmokers. Zoom in on the map to view areas in detail. Off-site locations in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville will follow the existing policies of their buildings. The use of smoke-free tobacco will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles.The smoking areas are part of a new policy that also seeks to advance the health of smokers by offering cessation resources.
Berkeley Lab has adopted a new policy that sets sustainability standards for new building construction. The policy was developed by a committee convened last fall by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, with input from a larger working group. The policy is intended to drive higher performance in buildings by setting clear sustainability targets that can be easily communicated with design teams and carried through into operations. The policy is available here in the Berkeley Lab Requirements and Policies Manual. For more information contact Sustainable Berkeley Lab at email@example.com.
Berkeley Lab’s policy is to investigate allegations of research misconduct fairly, effectively, and expeditiously. Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include authorship disputes or honest differences of opinion. Go here to view the Lab’s policy on research misconduct. For concerns about research misconduct, contact the Research and Institutional Integrity Office, or submit them anonymously using the University of California hotline at 800-403-4744.
In response to the partial government shutdown and looming debt ceiling concerns, the Laboratory Director is approving an exception to the Work Deferment Policy in RPM 2.29 to reduce or eliminate the 15-day notice period in exceptional cases, and to add Divisional Fellow, Senior Scientist/Engineer, Distinguished Scientist/Engineer and Postdoctoral Fellows. The exceptions are required to meet these emergency financial circumstances and will remain in place only until these matters are resolved. Questions about these exceptions can be directed to your HR representative.
Berkeley Lab is beginning the formal review and employee comment period for the proposed revision to the Temporary Change of Station Policy. The proposed revision includes: revised benefits provided in relocating to and from the temporary change of station location, defining dislocation allowances that may be provided, and added information regarding the claims reimbursement process. Represented employees should contact their union representatives or consult their collective bargaining agreement. Go here to review the proposed policy. To comment on this change, contact HRpolicy@lbl.gov by Oct. 18.
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue service recently issued additional guidance regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and UC Human Resources has completed its operational review of changes required as a result of the June 26 ruling. As a result, HR can now provide additional information regarding taxes and UC benefits for employees and retirees affected by the ruling. More>
As announced previously, Berkeley Lab is revising its tobacco use policy to be in better alignment with UCOP’s decision to have all campuses be smoke- and tobacco free by 2014. The Lab proposes to limit smoking to about 16 designated areas at the main site and three areas at the Joint Genome Institute starting Nov. 15. Learn more about the policy and have your concerns heard at a Town Hall meeting on Monday, Aug. 26, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. A second Town Hall meeting will be held Sept. 3. Go here to view the proposed policy (link only works onsite), and here for a map of proposed designated smoking areas. Send comments to HRpolicy@lbl.gov by Sept. 16.
Are you considering doing consulting work outside of Berkeley Lab? Outside work in the same subject area as your Lab job requires prior review and approval, but is permissible as long as the work does not: Interfere with the performance of your Lab duties; Create a real or apparent conflict of interest; Use Lab time, premises, supplies, equipment, facilities, time, or other resources. Use the Request to Engage in Compensated Outside Professional Activities form to obtain prior written approval from your supervisor and division director, and the Research and Institutional Integrity Office. Go here for more information, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.