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Employee Relations Manager

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 16, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Hydro One Networks Inc
Location Toronto, ON
Category Human Resources
Client Hydro One
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Employee Relations Manager

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Hydro One Networks Inc

32832 – Toronto – Regular –  

Hydro One is proud to be the largest electricity transmission and distribution provider in Ontario, serving nearly  1.4 million customers. We have a long history in the industry with our roots dating back over 110 years to 1906. Since then, we have worked to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers and communities across Ontario. Today, we’re focused on providing exceptional customer service and ensuring we are building safe communities where we live, work and play.

It’s an exciting time to join the team at Hydro One!

Reporting to the Director, Employee & Labour Relations, the Employee Relations (“ER”) Manager leads the development of employment-related policies, processes, and programs to ensure alignment with our corporate values and expected behaviours, reflect industry best practices, and meet all legal/regulatory requirements. The ER Manager acts as a key advisor and partner both within Human Resources and to other business units who are accountable for the implementation of policies and programs impacting employees. The ER Manager is accountable for policies and programs pertaining to both represented (unionized) and unrepresented (management) staff in areas such as hours of work/overtime, attendance management, performance management, employment status, and human rights/accommodation. The ER Manager is a subject matter expert with respect to human resources, employment risk, legislative compliance, and is able to effectively influence others and lead change.

General Accountabilities:

  • Maintain awareness of changing legal/regulatory requirements and practices within the industry and consult with other policy/program  owners within HR and other departments to ensure alignment of broader HR programs and compliance with legislation;
  • Innovate and identify opportunities to improve policies and programs to increase their effectiveness for employees, people managers and HR partners while meeting compliance and business objectives, as well as industry best practices
  • Develop programs to assist HR and accountable managers in creating a respectful workplace and managing a high performing workforce
  • Draft and revise policies and supporting materials where owned by Employee and Labour Relations; advise on and influence their development where owned by other groups
  • Assess risk associated with employment-related processes, from a variety of perspectives including legal/regulatory, reputational, and impact on employee experience
  • Lead project teams tasked with creating or changing employment-related programs
  • Liaise with risk management partners such as Labour Relations, Risk and Legal groups, to ensure employment practices are consistent with Hydro One’s risk tolerance
  • Prepare briefing notes, analytics and other materials for reporting to senior leadership (e.g. emerging trends, employment risks)
  • Provide analysis, advice and education  to Human Resources and other designated internal client groups
  • Provide recommendations for managerial decision making  on Employment Relations-related matters, which may include training and/or tool development
  • Represent management in arbitrations, tribunals and collective bargaining where necessary as a subject matter expert in support of policies and programs; make recommendations regarding collective agreement provisions

Selection Criteria:

  • CHRP, CHRL, MIR, and/or JD/LLB designation, or equivalent education and experience
  • Relevant experience gained in employment/labour law practice, labour relations, employee relations or other human resources functions
  • Previous experience within a represented (unionized) workplace would be an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to assess risk related to employment practices from a variety of perspectives (e.g. legal, reputational, and business)
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change involving multiple stakeholder groups
  • Firm understanding of the legal frameworks relating to employment in Ontario (relevant case law and legislation e.g. Employment Standards Act, 2000, Labour Relations Act, 1995, Human Rights Code, and Occupational Health and Safety Act)
  • Ability to concisely articulate opinions and make practical recommendations
  • Ability to draft policy, collective agreement language or related documentation effectively using plain language
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership ability
  • Excellent time-management skills to manage multiple tasks with varying priority levels
  • Ability to effectively escalate issues to ensure risks are appropriately managed
  • A period of 3-5 years experience is considered necessary to gain this experience.

At Hydro One we understand that the success and strength of our business rests with our people. When we develop their skills, we are investing in both their success and ours. To secure the best talent, we seek to create a workforce that reflects the diverse populations of the communities where we live and work and to create a culture based on safety, innovation and inclusiveness.

We are honoured to be recognized by Forbes in its list of Canada’s Best Employers for 2019.

Thank you for considering a career with Hydro One, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  If you are having difficulty using our online application system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email  Hydro One will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process.

Please note this email is only for accommodation requests. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered.

Deadline: October 6, 2019

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