Labor Relations Specialist/Senior Specialist
Under the general supervision of the Director of Employee and Labor Relations,the incumbent investigates, and where possible resolves disciplinary matters;investigates, and where possible resolves grievances; investigates, and wherepossible resolves issues before a grievance is filed; provides guidance todirectors, managers and employees concerning management’s interpretation ofvarious public sector collective bargaining agreements; works to ensureequitable and consistent applications of the provisions of the agreements,policies, procedures and laws as they pertain to the workplace; strives topromote equitable treatment of all employees, balancing the interests of thehospital alongside employees’ rights.
This is a great opportunity for an individual to join a professional labor relations team working ina complex academic medical center.
Duties of the Labor Relations Specialist/Senior Specialist may include the following but are not limited to:
Investigates Potential Disciplinary Cases -
- Reviews requests for disciplinary actionfrom supervisors, conducts fair and impartial investigations; identifieswitnesses to be interviewed and prepares questions and documentation needed forwitness interviews and employee interrogation. Familiar with and adheres tocontractual requirements in conducting disciplinary investigations andcompletes investigations in a timely manner. Prepares Notice of Discipline.Seeks resolution to Notice of Discipline and, where settlement is not possible,participates in the subsequent steps in the disciplinary process, includingarbitration.
- Responds to Managers and employees in theinterpretation of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreementsaffecting all employees. Provides advice to supervisors on counseling employeesand evaluating potential disciplinary matters for employees covered by theTaylor Law.
- Provides guidance to senior management onemployee issues.
- Conducts training for all supervisors onthe counseling and disciplinary process.
- Provides periodic reports on outstandinggrievances and Disciplinary cases and other proceedings pertaining to theCollective Bargaining Agreement or Civil Service laws such as probationaryreviews. Prepare and participate in labor/management committees.
Investigates Grievances -
- Reviews grievances and meets with grievant, grievant representative andgrievant supervisor, where appropriate, to gather information concerning theallegation. Evaluate the allegation contained in the grievance with the goal ofresolving the issue in a timely manner. Where settlement is not possible, asthe President’s designee, issues a Step 1 decision and represents theUniversity in subsequent steps in the grievance process, including arbitration.
- Facilitates resolution of issues brought forward by union leadership,prior to filing of contract grievance.
Contract Administration -
- Meets with union representation to discuss contract administrationissues including potential contract grievances and workplace concerns. Identifyand clarify issues and, conjunction with affected department, works to resolveissues.
- As a member of the Employee and Labor Relations Department, participatesin regular meetings to review and revise current practice and policy, withspecific emphasis on ensuring consistency in the administration of theCollective Bargaining Agreements and the Policies of the Board of Trustees,Civil Service Law and University policies and procedures and State Regulationsand Federal Law as they pertain to the workplace.
Labor Relations Specialist
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and3 or more years of LR experience either in an HR/LR capacity or as a NursingSupervisor/Manager with hands on experience in dealing with LR issues.Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Strong organizational skills.Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must demonstrate high level ofprofessionalism and ethics.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree inLabor Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field. Prior hospital/healthcare setting, higher education, and/or public sector experience. Comprehensiveknowledge of labor relation issues, theories and practices. Thoroughknowledge of employment laws in NYS. PHR/SPHR or similar certification.
Labor Relations Senior Specialist
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and 5 or more years of LR experience either in an HR/LR capacity or as a Nursing Supervisor/Manager with hands on experience in dealing with LR issues. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Strong organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must demonstrate high level of professionalism and ethics.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field. Prior hospital/healthcare, higher education, and/or public sector experience. Comprehensive knowledge of labor relation issues, theories and practices. Thorough knowledge of employment laws in NYS. PHR/SPHR or similar certification.
Special Notes: The Search Committee will begin the review of applications on 4/18/2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Stony Brook Medicine is a smoke free environment. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, including parking lots and outdoor areas on the premises. All Hospital positions are subject to changes in pass days and shifts as necessary. This position may require the wearing of respiratory protection, which may prohibit the wearing of facial hair.
The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation. Prior to start date, the selected candidate must meet the following requirements: Successfully complete pre-employment physical examination and obtain medical clearance from Stony Brook Medicine's Employee Health Services (The hiring department will be responsible for any fee incurred for examination), submit (3) written references, and provide a copy of any required New York State license(s)/certificate(s). Please be advised that failure to comply with any of the above requirements could result in a delayed start date and/or revocation of the employment offer.
About Stony Brook Medicine: The best ideas in medicine start with the best people. At Stony Brook Medicine, our highest calling is to put the power of ideas to work in our patients’ lives. Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of our health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. Stony Brook Medicine is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 603 beds, we serve as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and are home to the Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook Digestive Disorders Institute. We also encompass Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Stony Brook University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive campus climate. We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.
This function/position has been designated as “essential.” This means that when the Hospital is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover, and continue operations at Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital and related facilities.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].
IF YOU NEED A DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL THE UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT (631) 632-6161 OR THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AT (631) 444-4700.
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Job Field: Human Resources
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Shift: Day Shift
Posting Start Date: Apr 18, 2019
Posting End Date: Ongoing