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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
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 email@example.com or visit the WSEC website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.