Posts Tagged ‘Policy’

Reminder of California Regulations on Disqualification

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Under state of California regulations, employees may not make, participate in making, or influence a Laboratory decision in which they or a near relative have a financial interest. Employees are also prohibited from making, participating in, or influencing a Laboratory decision that directly relates to a prospective employer while negotiating or after reaching an offer of employment. Violating these bans may subject employees to disciplinary action and monetary fines. See LBNL policy on Disqualification and Post Employment Restrictions for more details, or contact the Research and Institutional Integrity Office.

Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse to the Inspector General

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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, and the resources listed here. Employees may also report directly to the DOE Office of Inspector General, which has authority to investigate violations such as false statements, false claims, bribery, kickbacks, fraud, ESH violations, theft, computer crimes, contractor mischarging, and conflicts of interest. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation under UC/LBNL policy, state, and federal regulations.

Policy on Research Misconduct

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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.

Policy on Outside Consulting and Other Work

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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

Notice Regarding Exception to Reduction in Force Policy

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Consistent with UC policy, UC has approved an exception to the LBNL Reduction in Force policy to replace seniority as the primary factor in determining the order of layoff with additional consideration of criteria of such as relevant skills, knowledge, and abilities; documented performance; and length of service. The exception is required to meet financial and budgeting constraints, and will remain in effect from Jan. 6, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Questions about this exception can be directed to your divisional HR Center.

Employee Responsibilities for Reporting Concerns – Whistleblower Notice

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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. You may also report concerns using the employee hotline number (800-403-4744) or via the web; with either method you may identify yourself, or choose to remain anonymous. Other available internal and external resources, including the State Auditor and DOE Office of the Inspector General, are listed on Lab and UC posters displayed throughout the Lab. Contact with questions.

UC Goes Smoke- and Tobacco-Free on Jan. 1

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Lab personnel who will be visiting other UC property must comply with the UC tobacco-free policies that will be in place on Jan. 1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco products, will be strictly prohibited on all UC owned and leased property, including the UC Berkeley campus, the Office of the President, the Oakland Scientific Facility, and the Richmond Field Station. Berkeley Lab’s new smoking policy went into effect on Nov. 15. Smoking and e-cigarette use are restricted to designated smoking areas at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will follow the existing smoking policies.

Dec. 16 Presentation and Q&A on Leave of Absence Policy

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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 or visit the WSEC website.

Policy on Veteran’s Day Holiday Option

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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.

Map Marks New Designated Smoking Areas, Effective on Nov. 15

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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.