March  28, 2001

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William F. Hempfling Named Director of Brookhaven Lab's Human Resources Division  

UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has named William F. Hempfling Director of the Human Resources Division, effective March 1. He replaces Robert D'Angio, who retired.

With a staff of 35, Brookhaven's Human Resources Division is responsible for recruitment, placement, compensation and employee benefits, employee relations, management and staff development, and employee recreation programs. The division also administers an on-line information system for employees and guests of the Laboratory. In addition, Hempfling develops all Laboratory policies and procedures on labor relations and discipline for the Laboratory's approximately 2,900 employees.

Hempfling says he has two main goals for his new position. First, he would like to attract  "the best and the brightest" employees to the Laboratory, and work with Brookhaven's Diversity Office to ensure that the Laboratory has a diverse population. Second, he wants to continually improve Human Resources' operations and services to reflect employees' needs, and, to do so, he is open to employees' suggestions.

Currently, Hempfling is examining employee benefits to determine if they can be improved. Also, he has instituted a new initiative in which Brookhaven Lab retiree-volunteers help other retirees with questions or problems concerning benefits.

After earning a B.S. in marketing from Fairfield University in 1968, Hempfling was hired by the Brooklyn Union Gas Company (now known as KeySpan Energy Corporation) as a management trainee. He held several positions at the company, including management development coordinator. In that role, he was responsible for designing and conducting all supervisory and management training for the company.

Hempfling joined Brookhaven in 1980 as assistant training and development administrator in the Human Resources Division. In 1983, he became labor relations manager, responsible for working on contract negations with the three unions at the Laboratory. In October 2000, Hempfling was appointed Interim Director of the Human Resources Division, a position he held until he assumed his current role.

While at Brookhaven, Hempfling earned a certificate in employee relations law from Antioch Law School, and a certificate in employee and labor relations from Cornell University. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, the Industrial Relations Research Association, and the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution. He also serves on the panel of labor arbitrators for the New York State Employee Relations Board.

The Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a corporation founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: William F. Hempfling is a resident of East Moriches, NY.
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