Under the direction of the General Counsel - CCHHS, acts as internal legal advisor to CCH Leaders in operational matters and to the Chief Human Resources Officer in policy and employment matters. Will provide assistance in interpreting legal ramifications of proposals, policy directives and other actions planned or undertaken by CCH. Works with the State's Attorney's Office as necessary in order to evaluate employment litigation, responds to document requests, prepares for matters related to administrative review and addresses opinions related to federal, state or local legislation in connection with employment-related matters.
Consults with the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney as required. Advises Senior Leaders regarding important legal and employment matters as well as litigation. Researches and drafts policies and procedures, as necessary. May assist in the negotiation and drafting of various contracts.
Develops and/or amends existing internal employment policies based on subject matter research. Drafts proposed policy changes for approval. and distributes approved communication to the appropriate internal sources. Serves as liaison between CCH and the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources to develop new policies based on existing and changing local, state or federal laws. Ensures consistency with the CCH Employment Plan and Supplemental Policies.
Is responsible for and manages the CCH Leave Administration Program, including worker's compensation and all disability claims.
Supports CCH management in matters related to the discipline and separation of non-union personnel.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.
General Administrative Responsibilities
Review applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consult with Labor Relations to generate management proposals
Document, recommend and effectuate discipline at all levels
Work closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Initiate, authorize and complete disciplinary action pursuant to CCH system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Direct and effectuate CCH management policies and practices
Access and proficiently navigate CCH records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Contribute to the management of CCH staff and CCH's systemic development and success
Discuss and develop CCH system policy and procedure
Consistently use independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Work with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
Helps formulate and define legitimate and appropriate positions to be taken by Senior Leaders
Conducts legal research and advises as necessary or requested
Acts in tandem, when necessary, with legal advisors in the State's Attorney's Office
Reads, analyzes and answers correspondence pertaining to a variety of legal questions of immediate concern
Handles special projects of specific purposes and confidential nature
Reports matters of legal relevance to Senior Leaders
Develops, manages and evaluates CCH policy activities and initiatives in relation to employment law mandates
Analyzes, synthesizes and summarizes dense and complex information accurately, clearly and within a short time frame
Leads and manages the research and analysis required to produce policy memos and key reports on Human Resources employment matters
Works closely with the Chief Human Resources Officer to ensure consistent policy development
Serves as liaison between the CCH Human Resources Department and the rest of the organization to develop and communicate policy changes based on research of current and impending employment laws.
Coordinates with management to review employee policies
Identifies current research tools/methodologies to develop best practices for policy formation and adherence.
Maintains working knowledge of significant or potential employment law developments and identifies their impact on CCH
Researches and analyzes changes in laws and drafts internal policies based on findings.
Serves as Human Resources lead on implementing policies, developing training programs and participating in training events
Provides current updates and emerging issue briefings to the General Counsel - CCHHS and to the Chief Human Resources Officer
Answers all employment policy inquiries by management, employees and external agencies
Complies all employment law policies and maintains electronic database of current and historic policies for reference
Conducts the research of existing or impending employment laws affecting CCH
Attending internal training seminars as the subject matter expert
Ensures policies are communicated to all employees in an effective and timely manner
Manages and updates all CCH leave policies to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws as well as applicable County ordinances
Ensures CCH management is trained and knowledgeable on the CCH Leave Program and corresponding laws, policies, Collective Bargaining provisions, etc.
Works with the County's Department of Risk Management and CCH EEO team in connection with worker's compensation/ duty disability claims
Reports to the General Counsel - CCHHS
Graduation from an accredited law school as a Juris Doctor
Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois
Seven (7) years prior work experience in human resources, employment litigation or other related field
Prior work experience in a unionized environment
Prior supervisor or managerial experience
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills
Ten (10) years prior work experience in human resources, employment litigation or other related field
Knowledge of the law pertaining to local and municipal government in Illinois, particularly with respect to Cook County government and the Cook County Health
Prior experience in a hospital, medical center, health care organization or related industry
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Thorough and extensive knowledge of the law as it pertains to local and municipal government in Illinois, particularly with respect to Cook County
Knowledge of transactional legal experience
Skilled in drafting various legal agreements and ability to coordinate litigation efforts
Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations
Skills in researching and interpreting employment law
Ability and skill in the use of diplomacy and confidentiality
Ability and skill to communicate effectively with tact and courtesy to conduct oneself in a professional manner.
Knowledge of employment laws
Thorough and extensive knowledge of the ADA and FMLA
Skill in analyzing research for writing policies and organizing subject matter into a concise document based on findings
Good communication skills, good negotiation skills and ability to convey information and explain or describe CCH policies and procedures to others
Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work well with organizational leadership to establish relationships and communicate sensitive information
Demonstrates respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity and working with employees, co workers, patients, clients of diverse backgrounds
Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare written material for internal or external use
Analytical skills; problem-solving skills
Conflict management skills
Strong decision making skills; ability to discern and selectively communicate critical information
Attention to detail
Work to deadlines
Flexibility and adaptability in performing work duties
Strong project management skills
Knowledge of specific software program; strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other publication software
Ability to work independently through the completion of projects and assignments
Strong organizational skills
Physical and Environmental Demands
This position is functioning within a healthcare environment. The incumbent is responsible for adherence to all hospital and department specific safety requirements. This includes but is not limited to the following policies and procedures: complying with Personal Protective Equipment requirements, hand washing and sanitizing practices, complying with department specific engineering and work practice controls and any other work area safety precautions as specified by hospital wide policy and departmental procedures.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.
For purposes of the American with Disabilities Act, "Typical Duties" are essential job functions.
Cook County Health is an equal opportunity employer.
Internal Number: 8021
About Cook County Health
ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)
The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, ...collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER