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Work Deferment Policy is Proposed; Comments Invited

[6/25/08] Berkeley Lab is proposing a Work Deferment policy. In circumstances when funding is limited for a temporary period of time, this new policy would provide an alternative strategy to permanent layoffs. The policy allows for temporary work deferment or temporary reduction in hours as an option. Such arrangements can retain the valuable skills of existing employees while responding to short-term critical budget or work shortage issues. The Lab is also proposing clarification changes to the Severance policy. Send comments to [email protected] by August 7. These policies apply to non-represented employees only. Represented employees should contact their union representative or consult their collective bargaining agreement.

New System for Processing Foreign Nationals Implemented

[6/12/08] An improved system for processing foreign national visitors will be rolled out this summer to comply with DOE Order 142.3 “Unclassified Foreign Visits and Assignments Program” (UFVA). The order will be implemented using a “graded approach” for research at the Lab and its respective off-site locations. This approach supports the Lab’s scientific mission, while maintaining compliance with the DOE directive. For more information about current DOE requirements, click here.

Proposed Extension to Supplement Military Pay

[5/5/08] Under current University policy, eligible employees who are on active military duty may receive supplemental payments from the University to their military salaries, and a continuation of their UC health-plan benefits. The current program is in effect until June 30, 2008. Because it is the University's continuing desire to assist employees called to active military duty during current and related campaigns, the University is proposing to extend its policy until June 30, 2010. Information about the proposed policy change may be found here. To comment on this proposed change, contact HR Policy by Tuesday, June 3.

Retirement Planning Workshop Wednesday

[4/7/08] Lab employees interested in learning about retirement planning are invited to register for “Passport to Retirement,” a half-day financial workshop sponsored by the Benefits Office and the Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI). The workshop takes place on Wednesday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The course — presented by Morgan Stanley financial advisor George Noceti — is free, however a $25 cash-only fee is required to cover materials. Go here to register.

Staff Can Share Ideas On Wellness Program

[3/31/08] What do the terms holistic health, wellness and work-life balance mean to you? To help the Lab’s Benefits Office develop a Wellness Program, employees are invited join a focus group where they can share their input and assist with strategic planning. Those interested in participating can contact Gayle Tornberg. Starting in April, focus groups will meet once a month for approximately 45 minutes. All levels of employees, working in both scientific and operations divisions, are encouraged to participate.

Affirmative Action and EEO Policy

[3/28/08] The Laboratory will not engage in discriminatory practices against any person employed or seeking employment because of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), age, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran, special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or any veteran during the one-year period that begins on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty. Go here for more information.

Optional Holiday Cesar Chavez Day

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[3/26/08] Eligible employees have the option of using Cesar Chavez Day, Friday, March 28, as a paid holiday, with approval from their supervisor. Employees using the floating holiday for Cesar Chavez Day will be required to use a third vacation or leave-without-pay day during the winter holiday shutdown. See the "Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance" website for information on eligibility and time-entry procedures. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is contained in the Regulations and Procedures Manual (RPM), Section 2.10. Go here to view the Lab's holiday schedule.

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