Posted on Dec 15, 2018 by Anonymous
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (37 hours)
* To provide expert, relevant and timely employment advice, guidance and practical support and proactive business focused employment solutions that are consistent with employment legislation, relevant council policies and procedures and leading edge employment practice, that secure individual and service improvement and that support organisational change programmes.
* To provide professional support, coaching and education for line managers to increase their confidence and competence to resolve people issues in the workplace and to deliver service improvement and organisational change.
* To engage positively with staff representatives and encourage this approach amongst line managers
* To mentor and coach less experienced colleagues within the Employee Relations Team to increase the overall capability and capacity of the team.
* To contribute to the development of a values based strategic employment and reward framework and policy development programme.
* To promote equality and diversity and the elimination of discrimination in employment policies, procedures and practice and in the delivery of organisational change and service improvement initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Manage a varied and complex caseload extending across the full range of individual employment issues relating to conduct, capability, attendance, general performance management and grievances.
* Implement appropriate interventions to secure the timely resolution of individual and collective workplace matters, promoting creative business focused solutions that operate at the leading edge of employment practice, are fair, open and transparent and sustain a positive and healthy employee relations climate.
* Investigate, present or advise on conduct and capability cases at formal hearings under the relevant procedures and liaise with internal legal advisers in relation to the management of claims to the Employment Tribunal, ensuring that the interests and reputation of the Council are safeguarded.
* Provide professional support and coaching to improve management capability and capacity to address individual and collective workplace issues and, where appropriate, promote and facilitate alternatives to the procedural routes for addressing these issues, such as mediation.
* Lead on or contribute expert advice, guidance and practical support to complex organisational change and/or service improvement projects, in collaboration with colleagues within the HR and OD service and across the Council, as appropriate.
* Develop positive relationships with the trade unions and professional associations, promoting a partnership approach and encouraging a healthy employee relations climate
* Conduct formal consultations with the trade unions and professional associations on individual and collective workplace issues and participate from time to time in formal negotiations.
* Participate in the policy review and development programme by contributing to and, from time to time, leading on policy review projects and by making recommendations for improvement drawn from operational experience or contributing guidance on their application.
* Advise on the interpretation of terms and conditions of employment for a wide range of employment groups, ensuring fairness and equity in their application
* Maintain required case management records to assist the Employee Relations Manager to secure the most effective use of capability and capacity, to ensure consistency of practice, to manage team and individual performance and to demonstrate value-added outcomes.
* Champion the principles and practice of equality and diversity and equality of opportunity.
* Seek out opportunities for growth and development, maintain personal and professional development and share learning with others in the interests of sustaining a high level of knowledge and expertise individually and across the team.
* Represent the HR and OD Service internally and externally, promoting and enhancing its reputation.
Skills and Experience:
* CIPD qualified or substantial and deep employee relations experience gained in a variety of roles and with accountability for advising on the full spectrum of individual and collective workplace employment matters
* Broad based knowledge of employment legislation and expert technical capability demonstrating up to date knowledge and best practice thinking
* Significant experience of employee relations including evidence of involvement in re-organisation, complex ER cases and appeal hearings
* Has an expert understanding of employment legislation and regulatory bodies in order to manage complex organisational change and employee relations cases
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