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Policy on Outside Business Ownership, Consulting and Employment

Compensated outside work in the same subject area as your Lab job requires prior review and approval. This policy applies to all employees. For more information about this policy and the Lab’s approval procedures, click here for more information.

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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 raise questions or concerns, contact Meredith Montgomery, the Lab’s Research Integrity Officer, at riio@lbl.gov. More>

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Policy Reminder on UC/LBNL 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. Go here for more information.

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Recent Fire is Important Reminder About Designated Smoking Areas

The fire started when a lit cigarette was thrown into a coffee can used to collect butts — ironically situated under a “No Smoking” sign — on the balcony of a Lab building. Building occupants quickly extinguished the small blaze, and the Fire Department responded, but the incident serves as a reminder that smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

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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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UC Invites Comments on Updates to Whistleblower Protection Policy

The University of California is soliciting employee comments on proposed changes to the Whistleblower Protection Policy, which applies to all Laboratory employees. Comments are due by Feb. 20. More>

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Approval Required for All Work With Radioactive Materials

All radioactive material and radiation producing machines must be authorized by an approved work authorization from the Radiation Protection Group, including procurement, transfer, and use of Polonium-210 (Po-210) static eliminators. More>

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Export Control Training Session Available Online

If you missed the Export Control training session in December, it now is available on the Laboratory’s Export Control website, along with the slides from the training session. Staff are encouraged to review the training video and materials to insure that they are informed about this important topic. Send questions to exportcontrol@lbl.gov.

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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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Beat The Holiday NDA and MTA Rush

Sharing research information or materials soon? Submit Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) requests by Friday, Dec. 12, to get the process started before shutdown. Otherwise, requests will be handled in 2015. Send requests to Cindy Chang (x2306).

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