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Argonne National Laboratory Senior Employee Relations Specialist in Lemont, Illinois

Senior Employee Relations Specialist

Requisition Number: 408409 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Human Resources Division: HRS-Human Resource Services

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): PA4 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Responsibilities include working with the Lead Employee Relations Specialist to support the Employee and Labor Relations Manager, and the Laboratory's employee and labor relations programs. Addressing all aspects of employee relations, including but not limited to conducting investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and ADA request for reasonable accommodations. Provide advice and guidance to line management on employee relations related issues, including, potential misconduct, discipline, corrective action, performance management or reorganizations. Develop solutions and provide training to managers and employees on employee/labor relations issues. Administer collective bargaining agreements, labor union grievance procedure and assist with labor contract negotiations. Administrate and monitor the workforce restructuring procedure and reduction in force actions. Mitigate risk and ensure a just and fair organizational culture through effective implementation of policies, procedures and communication and guidance to employees and laboratory management.

Conducts sound, balanced and thorough investigations in response to issues raised by employees or line management. Perform sensitive investigations regarding all different types of employee conduct, performance issues and request for ADA reasonable accommodations. Partners with HRS team and management to ensure employee/labor relations strategies are applied consistently. Assist with development and implementation in training/learning initiatives, review and update policies, processes, and reporting systems. Develop and recommend solutions that minimize risk and legal exposure with consideration to specific management needs.

  • Good problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Experience in conducting workplace investigations, researching and analyzing relevant facts, and preparing reports, findings and recommendations.
  • Experience with collective bargaining agreements and interacting with union groups.
  • Knowledge of labor relations with skill and experience in administrating bargaining unit contracts and Union grievance procedure.
  • Ability to effectively interact with managers, leaders and staff at all levels.
  • Resolve and manage conflict, complaints and concerns in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Knowledge of EEO and anti-discrimination laws.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Reduction-In-Force process. Managing a consistent and equitable process, in compliance with non-discrimination policies and Laboratory policies and procedures in compliance with applicable equal employment opportunity and other state and federal laws and DOE requirements. ​
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive information with absolute confidentiality and professionalism.

Other: Responsible for the administration of Human Resources Services (HRS) activities. Assignments may include administration of programs, policies and processes, providing advice, recommendations and facilitating in a variety of HRS areas such as talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, performance evaluations. PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE OR EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS LEVEL 4-Bachelor's and 7+ yrs., in Employee and Labor Relations role, in Functional HR experience in areas of employee development, employee relations, labor relations and training.

This job description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

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