Employee and Labour Relations Specialist Job in Canada

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Job title: Employee and Labour Relations Specialist

Company: Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Location: Newmarket, ON

Employee and Labour Relations Specialist Job Details:

Southlake is building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people. We deliver a wide range of healthcare services to the communities of northern York Region and southern Simcoe County. Our advanced regional programs include Cancer Care and Cardiac Care and serve a broader population across the northern GTA and into Simcoe-Muskoka.

Our team of nearly 6,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, students and Patient and Family Advisors are committed to creating an environment where the best experiences happen. As a recognition of our commitment to quality and patient safety, we have received the highest distinction of Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Employee and Labour Relations, the Employee and Labour Relations Specialist (ELR Specialist) will be responsible for providing support to the Employee and Labour Relations team in all matters including investigations, performance management, employee engagement initiatives, bargaining, grievance/ arbitration prep, committee meetings and special projects. The ELR Specialist will also work independently to support an assigned client group and will provide guidance on a variety of labour relations matters including grievance management, Collective Agreement interpretation, discipline, investigations, education, policies and reporting requirements.

Primary Responsibilities

Supports the ELR Consultants and Manager with respect to employee/labour relations matters

  • Participates in various metrics projects, reporting and market analysis as required
  • Creates and executes training on ELR topics for Management
  • Develops and maintains accurate grievance and arbitration files
  • Researches and develops documentation for labour and employee relations matters including grievances, arbitrations and collective bargaining
  • Provides information on policies, procedures and collective agreement interpretation.
  • Provides administrative support for committees as required
  • Leads simple workplace investigations with respect to issues such as code of conduct and ASP.
  • Develops risk analysis and in consultation with ELR Consultant or Manager, provides recommendations for resolutions that are in alignment with the Hospital’s Labour Relations Strategy.
  • Directs and coaches the Employee and Labour Relations Student.
  • Acts as an expert resource to the Management team and employees on Collective Agreement interpretation.
  • Responsible for developing and fostering positive relationships with our Union partners to ensure an understanding of issues, and mutual respect.
  • Participates in various Labour Management Committees.


Undergraduate or Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations/Human Resources

  • CHRP designation or actively working towards completion
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a complex unionized environment
  • Experience in the healthcare industry considered an asset
  • Knowledge of Labour Relations, including Collective Agreement Interpretation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with relevant legislation (i.e. Employment Standards Act, Pay Equity, Collective Agreement, Labour Relations Act, ext)
  • Demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain constructive relationships and partnerships
  • Ability to conduct research and condense complex information
  • Strong time management, planning and organizational skills to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills with proven ability to build trust at all levels of the organization
  • Knowledge and understanding of Human Resources metrics and strong analytical and research skills
  • Experience in HRIS applications with strong numeric, data manipulation, spreadsheet and analytical skills
  • Advanced capability in office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service and teamwork

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety department. Successful candidates will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) from the Ontario Ministry of Health website or other authorized source directly to the Occupational Health and Safety department. In the event that you are unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written explanation of the ground and any supporting documentation to determine if you are exempt from this requirement to the recruitment team. A recruitment representative may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

At Southlake, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve, including those with disabilities. Southlake is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

It is the responsibility of all Southlake employees to work in a safe manner and promote health and safety in the workplace.
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