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Introduction to Human Resources Policies

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The Human Resources (HR) policies in the Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM) contain important information concerning employment at Berkeley Lab, and have been designed to be a useful reference tool to assist employees in becoming acquainted with Berkeley Lab expectations and requirements. The HR policies and procedures provide:

  • Employees with information on their responsibilities in the workplace
  • Supervisors with information on their responsibilities for ensuring consistent application of Berkeley Lab HR policies

HR policies are grouped into the following categories:

  • Compensation and Work Hours
  • Employee Development
  • Employee Records
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Problem Resolution
  • Recruitment
  • Relations with Employee Organizations
  • Separation from Employment
  • Types of Employee Appointments
  • Work Environment (combination of HR and other functional group policies)

In addition, the following policies from other functional group policies are found in the HR Policies section of the RPM:

  • Outside Business and Employment
  • Health Services Programs

To view a full list of HR policies, go here.

Typically, HR policies apply to non-represented employees. In some cases, an HR policy may also apply to represented employees, affiliates, or visitors. Employees should refer to the "Who Should Read This Policy" or the "Persons Affected" sections to see if a specific policy applies to them. The HR policies in this manual are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, a contract between Berkeley Lab and any employee. Policies may be changed at any time by Berkeley Lab. Employees who are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent should refer to their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Employees may contact their division's HR Field team or [email protected] if they have any questions about an HR policy or procedure.
For Health Services Programs, contact Health Services or call x6266.  For Outside Business and Employment, contact Research Compliance Office (RCO).

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