Today at Berkeley Lab

Reminder on Bike Safety Policy – Helmets Required

If you ride your bike to work, remember to wear a bike helmet. According to the Lab’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety policy, cyclists must wear a protective helmet when riding their bikes anywhere on Lab property. Go here for more information about bike safety at the Lab. The Lab also asks that motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians as well as bicyclists remember to share the road.

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Employee Responsibilities for Reporting Concerns: Whistleblower Notice

Employees have the right and the responsibility to identify and report concerns about improper governmental activities and environment, health, and safety concerns without fear of reprisal. Employees are encouraged to discuss concerns with their supervisor or any level of management. Go here for more information. Employees may also contact the Employee Concerns Manager, Vicki Laden at 486-7880.

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Bunsen Burners Now Require a Hot Work Permit

Designated Area Hot Work Permits are now required for labs that use Bunsen burners. The permits are issued following an inspection by Protective Services and must be renewed annually. Send an email to hotwork@lbl.gov to request an inspection. For more information, contact Amie Krigbaum (x5479) or view the policy here.

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New Publication System is Live; Initial Notification Emails Issued May 9

Publications resulting from federally funded work must be publically available. To improve compliance, the Lab has deployed a new publications system which is now live. Lab authors will receive periodic emails from the system when new publications are found, inviting them to claim and upload their work. Go here for more information, including a FAQ and screencast video.

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Policy Reminder on Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. To ask questions or discuss concerns, contact Vicki Laden, the Lab’s Employee Concerns Manager, at vladen@lbl.gov. Click here for more info.

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Policy on Outside Business, Consulting and Employment

Are you consulting, serving on a board, or engaged in other activities outside the Lab? Employees, including faculty, are required to get Institutional approval for outside activities in the same subject area as their Lab job before beginning work, and annually thereafter. Failure to comply may result in corrective action. Read the policy and approval procedures here.

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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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Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the Inspector General

Under DOE Order 221.1A, “Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the Office of Inspector General,” Lab employees have a duty to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misuse, corruption, criminal acts, or mismanagement. Employees can report to their supervisor, any level of management, or the resources listed here (including DOE contacts).

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Policy Reminder on UC/Berkeley Lab Standards of Ethical Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University’s Ethical Values — integrity, excellence, accountability, and respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct. More>

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