Labor Relations

The Labor Relations Division provides expert advice and technical assistance to managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals related to personnel rules, regulations, policies, and labor contract provisions. Labor Relations provides assistance, support, and guidance on most matters related to employment in State government.

  • Develops, implements, and administers state government personnel policies
  • Is responsible for labor contract negotiation, implementation, and administration
  • Assists managers and supervisors in the application of labor contract provisions, such as computing the order of layoffs, imposition of discipline, performance management, grievances, job terminations, and employee pay and benefits
  • Conducts Step III grievance hearings and Classification grievance hearings
  • Facilitates communication, develops training and networking opportunities for Statewide HR Administrators
  • Provides support to the Attorneys General such as backpay calculations
  • Labor Relations Specialists represent Management on Labor/Management and other Committees/Councils
  • Drafts, reviews and/or negotiates dispute settlements/agreements
  • Furnishes information and training for the above listed topics as well as for compliance with federal and state employment statutes, regulations, and policies such as:
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
    • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Reductions in Force
    • Political Activity
    • Interviewing and Hiring
    • Emergency management and Continuity of Operations (COOP)
    • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)