Labor Relations Consultant

Job ID: J114527
Company: Highmark Health
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Full/Part Time: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Posted at: Jan 11, 2018

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Description

JOB SUMMARY

This job assists in implementing overall network labor strategy, working directly with Director, Labor Relations in addressing and resolving labor and employee relations matters.  Implements and evaluates the organization's employee and labor relations initiatives. Ensures entity compliance with workplace agreements, rules, and policies.  Provides counsel and advice to leadership on labor agreements and human resource issues.  Responsible for timely issue response, investigation and resolution regarding a wide variety of employee and labor matters.  Keeps management informed of trends, special areas of concern, and recommends appropriate responses/actions. Provides support and assistance for collective bargaining.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Investigate and resolve a wide variety of employee and labor matters including, but not limited to educating, coaching and counseling employees and management on collective bargaining agreements.
  • Identify and tailor best practices to ensure effective implementation of agreed-upon strategies, while managing and resolving issues surrounding implementation.
  • Assist with developing collective bargaining strategy and support the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in collaboration with Employee and Labor Relations, HR and Operations management.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with operations and union leadership to address and resolve issues and proactively implement effective workplace practices.
  • Direct and support HR Directors/Business Partners regarding the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Monitor legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends.
  • Maintain records and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Oversee preparation of statistical reports using records of actions taken concerning grievances, disciplines, arbitration and related labor relations activities to identify and address problem areas.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested.

EDUCATION

Minimum

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Administration or relevant degree type

Substitutions

  • None

Preferred

  • Master's Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Administration or relevant degree type

EXPERIENCE

Minimum

  • 8 years of experience in labor/employee relations, practicing labor law or handling labor relations in a large/complex/multi-site environment
  • Knowledge of employment/labor laws, regulations, case law and their application

   

Preferred

  • Previous experience in a healthcare environment
  • Specialized experience in handling grievances, negotiations, employment, employee relations, and employment law

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION

Required

  • None

Preferred

  • None

SKILLS

  • Excellent verbal / written communication and presentation skills
  • Able to influence outcomes with patience, follow-through, professionalism and confidentiality
  • Ability to facilitate diverse groups and lead others in collaborative efforts
  • Able to work in partnership environment and cooperatively with labor organizations
  • Experience in drafting and writing contractual language

Language Requirement (other than English)

None

Travel Required

0%  - 25%

PHYSICAL, MENTAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

 

Position Type

Office-Based 

General Description for Office-Based Positions

An employee in this position works in an office environment.  The position frequently requires the employee to communicate well with others both inside and outside the workplace (e.g., in person, via telephone, via email).  The employee must be able to understand, interpret and analyze data, solve problems, concentrate, and research, use available technological resources and systems (e.g., computer programs), multi-task, prioritize, and meet multiple deadlines to complete essential tasks.  The employee generally works in a fast-paced and frequently stressful environment, must attend work on a regular and reliable basis as well as adhere to all workplace policies, and may be called upon to work outside regular business hours.

Teaches / trains others regularly

Rarely

Travel regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site

Rarely

Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (sales employees)

Does Not Apply

Physical work site required 

Yes

Lifting: up to 10 pounds

Rarely

Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds

Never

Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds

Never

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.

Highmark Health and its affiliates prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Highmark Health and its affiliates take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.
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