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Job Title: Associate General Counsel/Director Labor Relations

Company: NorthEast Provider Solutions Inc.

City/State: Valhalla, NY

Category: Professional/Non-Clinical

Department: Law Office- WMCHealth

Position: Full Time

Hours: 8 hours/5 days

Shift: Day

Req #: 29738

Job Details:

Job Summary:

The Associate General Counsel, Director of Labor Relations is responsible for the formulation, interpretation and administration of labor relations policies for WMCHealth Network, supervising, guiding and directing subordinate labor relations personnel, litigating labor arbitrations, disciplinary hearings, unfair labor practices and improper practice charges and providing related legal advice .. This position is also responsible for representing management in labor relations, including contract negotiations, interpretation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, and the maintenance of positive and effective labor-management relations. Other duties include investigating and evaluating disciplinary problems, preparing charges, settling grievances and litigating arbitration hearings.. The Associate General Counsel, Director of Labor Relations, is responsible for ensuring compliance with Sections 71, 72 and 75 of the New York State Civil Service Law, Hospital civil service and personnel rules and procedures, labor laws, including the Taylor Law, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, several contractual agreements, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance, appropriate personnel and management practices and applicable health regulations governing the staffing of hospitals. The incumbent is also responsible for administering the Unemployment Insurance and the Family and Medical Leave Act. These duties require establishing and maintaining close and effective working relationships with executive and middle management level personnel.

Responsibilities:

  • Formulates the WMCHealth Network’s labor relations policy and directs its implementation.
  • Prepares for and conducts union-management contract negotiations to develop mutually agreeable compensation structures, to establish and define union-management rights and obligations and to establish and define conditions of employment;
  • Interprets WMCHealth Network collective bargaining agreements and educates and counsels all levels of supervisors and managers in the administration of such agreements to ensure proper and their uniform interpretation and administration;
  • Maintains records and prepares reports on union activities;
  • Keeps management informed of potential problems;
  • Reviews, investigates and evaluates employee disciplinary problems to determine a course of action to be taken, e.g., warnings or formal disciplinary charges;
  • Prepares and prosecutes disciplinary charges
  • Prepares witnesses and evidence to be used in disciplinary hearings, and manages disciplinary cases through all steps of Civil Service Section 75 procedures;
  • Acts as a representative of the WMCHealth Network in the settlement of informal and formal labor grievances;
  • Advises, iInterprets and implements procedures for compliance with Sections 71 and 72 of the New York State Civil Service Law, the Taylor Law, Workers' Compensation Law, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Health Law and Regulations;
  • Guides, directs and supervises subordinate WMCHealth Network labor relations personnel;
  • Defends unfair labor practices filed with the NLRB and improper practice charges filed with the NYS Public Employment Relations Board;
  • Represents WMCHealth Network employers in arbitrations held pursuant to the terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement under the rules of the American Arbitration Association; and
  • Trains, advises and counsels supervisory and management staff on effective labor relations, affirmative action and personnel practices to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and policies.
Qualifications/Requirements:

Experience:

Seven years of experience where the primary function of the position was as an attorney, four years of which include litigating unfair labor practice charges, improper practice charges and labor arbitration hearings, and engagement in labor relations activities including the processing of disciplinary and grievance actions and experience in negotiating union-management contracts.

Education:

Graduation from a school of law with an LL.B or J.D. degree

Licenses / Certifications:

Admission to the Bar of the State of New York

Other:

Special Requirements: Must have a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures of labor relations, labor law related litigation, personnel management and public administration, knowledge of the disciplinary provisions of the New York State Civil Service Law, knowledge of labor laws including the Taylor Law, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, Workers' Compensation Law, and Americans with Disabilities Act; familiarity with the organizational and operational structure and functions of a large hospital; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with executives, medical administrative and supervisory staff.

About Us:

NorthEast Provider Solutions Inc.