Policies & Practices
We understand that a diverse workforce has a variety of needs, so we have developed a broad set of policies and practices that support a positive work-life balance.

Argonne fosters an environment that values diversity and inclusion. It's the right way to do business. It's good for people, the organization and scientific innovation. In line with these values, the lab is committed to optimizing policies and pracices that promote work-life balance, diversity and accountability in support of workforce pipeline, mentoring and leadership development.

Work-Life Policies

 

Paid Time Off

Program       Description
Paid Vacation
 
  15 paid vacation days per year, accrued at the rate of 1.25 days per month
 
Paid Holidays
 
  10 paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday to be used at employee's discretion
 
Paid Sick Leave
 
  18 days sick leave provided at start of employment. Employees accrue 18 days each January. Can accrue up to six months. Family friendly sick leave allows use of up to 10 days annually
 
Family and Medical Leave Act
 
  Up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for serious illness based on Federal Law
 
Military Leave
 
  Ensures position continuation for active and reservist duty
 

Employee Benefits

Program       Description
Medical & Dental Insurance
 
  Pre-tax premiums for HMO or PPO medical and dental care effective first day of hire. Coverage available for spouses, civil union partners and dependants
 
Retirement Plan
 
  2.5%+ pre-tax employee contribution, 9% employer match
 
Life Insurance
 
  Basic, plus supplemental and dependent options
 
Flexible Spending
 
  Pre-tax contribution options for medical expense ($2,500 annual cap) and dependent care ($5,000 annual cap) reimbursement
 

Work-Life Balance

Program       Description
Alternate Work Schedules
 
  Variety of alternative schedules available including: four 10hr days per week or four 9hr days per week with either one day off every other week or half a day off each week
 
Dual-Career Job Search Support
 
  Argonne supports dual-career couples as a founding member of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GCM-HERC)
 
Employee Assistance Program
 
  Professional confidential source of help for employees and families who need assistance with personal issues. Additional resources also available for: day care, adoption, summer camps, nursing home care, pet services, separation/divorce, will preparation, college planning, debt couseling, retirement planning, tax consultation
 
Telecommuting
 
  Work from home as job allows
 
Unpaid Entrepreneurial Leave
 
  Employees who meet the criteria may requenst unpaid time off to pursue entrepreneurial activities using laboratory intellectual property
 
Unpaid Personal Leave
 
  Employee may request unpaid time off to pursue personal interests
 
Unpaid Sabbatical
 
  Employees who meet criteria may request unpaid time off to pursue professional goals
 
Winter Shutdown
 
  Argonne closes for seven business days. Employees must take three paid vacation days or days without pay
 

Working Parents

Program       Description
Adoption Assistance
 
  Reimbursement available, up to $5,000 for qualifying adoption expenses
 
Child Develpment Center
 
  On-site childcare available for Argonne, DOE and UChicago employees' children. Fee based. Summer camp for older children available
 
Dependent Daycare Flex Spending
 
  Pre-tax contribution up to $5,000 per year
 
Extension of 5-Year Status Review
 
  RD2 employees in a 5-year status review position may request an extension of that time frame
 
Maternity Leave
 
  Argonne follows the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Employees may take up to 12 weeks off with job security
 
Nursing Mothers
 
  Break time, private lactation rooms and base pump units available
 
School Visitation Leave
 
  Only non-exempt employees are eligible. Up to eight hours per year
 
Tuition Assistance
 
  50% dependent child tuition remission for UChicago lab school and undergraduate studies
 

 

Disclaimer

This snapshot of Argonne’s policies and practices  is provided for illustration and general information purposes only and is not a full list of the benefits available. This snapshot does not state all of the terms and conditions of benefits and is not intended to create any contractual obligation on the part of UChicago Argonne, LLC.  The benefits described herein may be changed, revised or eliminated at any time. Please refer to the appropriate Summary Plan Description, Plan Document or Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual for more information.