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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) have been extended to Dec. 31. What does this mean for you? Under these laws, employer-sponsored group health plans including Fermilab’s generally: must cover certain items such as COVID-19 testing, including test administration and related items and services, at no cost to participants. Coverage is provided whether in or out-of-network. may cover telehealth services at 100%, including coverage for mental health services. There…

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in collisions and near-miss accidents involving vehicles and deer. Although Fermilab does its best to manage the population, this time of the year is deer mating season and they are much more active, especially at dawn and dusk. This increases the probability that we will encounter deer while traveling around the site. Here are a few items to keep in mind: Please exercise caution when driving, especially along wooded areas. Scan a…

The recording of the Oct. 2 benefits town hall meeting is available for viewing (Services login required).

Badged personnel on the essential on-site list can enter and exit the Batavia site via the Pine St. gate beginning Oct. 1. Site access via the Wilson St. and Batavia Rd. gates remains unchanged. The bike/walking path will be open for essential on-site personnel at Pine St. All pedestrians  and cyclists must present their Fermilab badge to the guard at the Pine St. gate. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should exercise caution around the area to ensure everyone’s safety. Pine St….

Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers regarding travel-related topics. Please contact the Fermilab travel office at travel@fnal.gov if you have questions or need assistance with travel plans. How long should I keep original paper receipts?  Since April 1, 2020, the Accounting office began accepting electronic travel receipts and the process has greatly reduced paper usage and improved record retention. When paper receipts are scanned into the travel system, they become official documentation of travel expenses. Original receipts…

The FACCTS (France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences) Program at the University of Chicago invites applications from Fermilab-based researchers seeking seed-funding support (up to $20,000 available in 2021) for new and developing projects undertaken collaboratively with research teams in France. Application deadline:                       December 14, 2020 For more information or to apply:   http://fcc.uchicago.edu/faccts Contact with questions:                  Daniel Bertsche (fcc@uchicago.edu)  

Today we are introducing a new standalone Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Code) (must be on the Fermilab network to view), with the full support of the lab director and the FRA board of directors. The Code provides an overview of the contractual, legal and regulatory requirements governing ethics and conduct for FRA as an organization and for each employee. Importantly, the Code does not include all policies, procedures and requirements that apply to FRA and its employees. Instead,…

Over these past months, Fermilab has seen an unprecedented amount of its workforce telecommuting from home. Adapting to a non-traditional computer workstation has proven to be challenging on our bodies, as well as our efficiency to focus on tasks. As we develop new work routines, some may find themselves introducing poor ergonomic habits while telecommuting from the kitchen table or the couch. The fact is that these spaces are not made for prolonged work shifts. Studies have shown that practicing…

To further protect Fermilab personnel who are working on the Batavia site, FESS is implementing the following changes beginning September 14, 2020: All onsite pick-up and delivery of goods that were ordered through the stock room must be scheduled by contacting the distribution department at ext. 3132. All onsite pick-up and delivery of shipments through the receiving department are handled via the distribution department. Call the distribution department at ext. 3132 to schedule. All outbound shipments to be completed by…