Labour Relations Officer Full-time Contract Position
Status: Full-Time contract until July 2025
Department/Unit: Human Resources
Salary: $118,751.33 per annum ($56.939 per hour) (As of January 1, 2022)
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, however, must be flexible to work other hours to meet the needs of a 24 hour/day, 365 day/year operation
Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the Labour Relations Officer is responsible for providing a full range of labour/employee relations expertise and providing support to the grievance and bargaining process.
Duties, but not limited to
- Provide specialist advice and interpretation/assistance on a wide variety of labour/employee relations matters (e.g. collective agreement administration and negotiation, application of HPS policies and case law, union relations, grievance handling, discipline; effective strategies, best practices, application of collective agreements/employment related statutes etc.).
- Facilitate grievance process, preparing data and analysis in advance of grievance meetings. Arrange and carry out alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, to resolve grievances and other disputes.
- Research, interpret, and apply three (3) Collective Agreements, the Police Services Act, Ontario Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and any other relevant legislation.
- Analyze and recommend changes to policies, issues papers, procedures, and programs consistent with HPS needs and requirements by collecting and analyzing information, and researching case law and best practices of related employers.
- Assist Legal Counsel/HR Director with preparing cases for administrative tribunals and arbitrators (e.g. Ontario Labour Relations Board, Workers Compensation Board/Appeals Tribunal, Employment Standards Board, and Human Rights Tribunal), supporting employer position/view.
- Assist HR Director, with researching and developing information packages and proposals for collective bargaining processes; participate in negotiations, as required.
- Conduct research and analysis for benchmarking purposes, within relevant external/market sectors.
- Create and maintain grievance and collective agreement historical data files, including the Labour Relations Tracking System (e.g. entering new grievances, updating current/old grievance, etc.).
- Coordinate and extract statistical data, to be used for negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.
- Prepare and distribute meaningful statistical information to the Management Team, identifying important trends on grievances, collective agreement interpretations/difficulties, and other labour relations related matters.
- Develop and administer ongoing training programs for Managers/Supervisors on contract interpretation, interpretation of employment related statutes, attendance counseling, performance management, constructive discipline, grievance procedures, etc.
- Respond to external labour relations inquiries from outside of the organization.
Education & Experience
- Post-secondary Degree in a related field with a Post Graduate Diploma/Degree in Human Resources.
- Minimum three (3) years of progressive responsible labour relations experience, in a complex unionized environment, managing grievances, conducting workplace investigations, attending conciliations/arbitrations and providing assistance during collective bargaining.
- Demonstrated knowledge of employment/labour law, labour relations, and grievance/arbitration process/administration, and researching of case law and best practices is required.
- Municipal experience is an asset.
Certifications & Licenses
- Possess a valid Class G Driver’s Licence, or the equivalent, with no more than six (6) accumulated demerit points.
- Professional designation (e.g. CHRL or equivalent) considered an asset.
Skills & Competencies
- Advanced communication skills, including speaking and writing.
- Strong organizational, planning and problem solving with high accuracy and attention to detail
- Capacity to adapt and manage change
- If you are looking for the full list of duties, please refer to the Job Description
If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (i.e. cover letter and resume) to the City of Hamilton Careers website (https://www.hamilton.ca/city-council/jobs-city)
The Hamilton Police Service is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes.
If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation for testing, interview, or employment purposes.
We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for testing and/or an interview will be contacted.