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Labor/Employee Relations Specialist The candidate will take initiative to successfully prioritize and resolve labor and employee relations issues to ensure consistent internal and external customer satisfaction. The work requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent follow through. At times work outside normal business hours and working extended hours may be required to accomplish requirements of the position. The Human Resources and Development Division is a results-oriented progressive workplace that supports flexible scheduling and remote work opportunities. Advise HR staff, administrators, managers and supervisors on labor contracts and Human Resources Rules interpretation and administration, in consultation with the Labor & Employee Relations Manager. Schedule grievance meetings in a timely manner. Assist with investigating and resolving grievances. Prepare for and participate in grievance mediation. Maintain accurate tracking and logging of all step three grievances. Prepare for and assist with arbitration hearings, unrepresented appeal hearings, and other hearings (e.g. unit clarification). Coordinate and facilitate Meet and Confer meetings and other contractual or ad hoc meetings with union leadership. Compile and analyze information to be used in negotiating process. Participate in the development of bargaining strategy. Participate in labor contract negotiations, serving both as a team member and staff to bargaining teams (scheduling meetings, preparing documents, taking notes, organizing logistics, etc.). Prepare materials for and participate in Statewide Labor Management Committee meetings. Assist with or conduct workplace investigations. Advise managers and supervisors on performance management, including discipline. Lead and participate on various committees and work groups to develop recommendations and implementation strategies for human resources policies, practices and procedures for use throughout the Judicial Branch. Document administrative policies and procedures in areas of responsibility. Periodically evaluate and revise as necessary. Notify unions of new and updated policies and procedures per contract requirements and at state labor management committee meetings. Develop, arrange and/or conduct training for judges, referees, judicial officers, district administration, managers and supervisors on labor agreements, Human Resources policies, performance management, investigations and discipline, and other topics as required to promote effective labor and employee relations within the Judicial Branch. Conduct and reconcile annual or quarterly audits (Workers' Compensation; telecommuters; Unemployment Insurance). Serve as state HR liaison to provide process support to internal stakeholders (Workers' Comp Appeals). Provide expertise to District HR on FMLA, ADA, OSHA and ergonomics as requested. Annually report on HR issues and trends to state HR Managers. Participate in or conduct various projects as directed.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources Management or related field and 2 years of professional-level HR experience. (An additional 5 years of professional HR experience may substitute for the Bachelor's degree requirement.). Master's degree in HR, Industrial Relations or related field; J.D. is desired. Must have considerable knowledge of human resource management principles, state and federal laws, rules and regulations in areas relating to human resource management and labor/employee relations. Should have ability to research and investigate issues, to develop and conduct training, and deliver effective presentations; to negotiate solutions; to objectively investigate and report on issues and problems; to write reports, questionnaires, manuals and training materials to clearly communicate technical subjects to a diverse audience. Must have ability to develop and maintain relationships with labor organization representatives, HR colleagues, district staff, and judges statewide. Ability to clearly advocate management's position in negotiations, grievances, and arbitration proceedings is needed. Knowledge of court operations and structure and/or public sector human resources experience is preferred.
Closing date: 12/22/17 11:59 PM.
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