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With the arrival of December and colder weather, this is a good time to review how the laboratory plans for and communicates about emergency closing, delayed opening or early dismissal of the Batavia site due to winter weather conditions. All employees should refer to the newly revised Emergency Closing Policy. If you haven’t already, talk with your supervisor to determine if telecommuting is an option in the event of dangerous weather. If it is and you have not already completed a lab…

Flu Season is Upon Us Public health officials are gearing up for an early and potentially long flu season this year. Influenza is a serious illness that can cause severe complications, even in healthy people. Some groups are more at risk than others, including people 65 years of age or older, very young children, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. Influenza activity usually starts to increase in late fall and peaks during the winter. Because it takes about…

The Fermilab Benefits Office reminds our colleagues to exercise caution when responding to any unsolicited offers of financial services or advice. The laboratory contracts with Fidelity Investments as the sole provider of employee retirement planning and investment guidance.  Fidelity consultants are available by phone, or for onsite one-on-one consultations, which may be scheduled by calling Fidelity at  800-642-7131 or online at netbenefits.fidelity.com. From time to time, other companies solicit Fermilab employees directly at work, offering investment advice or other financial…