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Updating Personnel Policies & Procedures

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Employment law has undergone rapid and significant change in recent years. Federal and state governments as well as the courts have been increasing their enforcement of various employment laws. Employers found in violation of such laws have been assessed large financial liabilities.

It is axiomatic in employment law that personnel policies and procedures must be uniformly and consistently applied to all employees. The inconsistent application of a policy could mitigate an otherwise appropriate management action. In other words, management could have a very sound basis for its action; however, it could be completely vitiated if an employee can demonstrate disparate treatment or the inconsistent application of the policy under which the action is taken.

Accordingly, to avoid unnecessary exposure and to adequately protect your management rights, Felice Associates, Inc. will evaluate and review your existing personnel policies and procedures for the purpose of locating potentially troublesome areas and recommend appropriate changes. We will develop, as necessary, new policies and procedures which comply with applicable law.

We will codify your policies into one loose-leaf manual which will eliminate the need for individual decisions on matters of general policy and will help assure uniformity in the administration of your policies. This manual would also serve as a working guide for management/supervisory personnel who are involved in day-to-day operations.

In order to assure the proper documentation of your personnel transactions under the new policies and procedures, we will develop various forms for your use including, but not limited to, recruitment, pre-employment, reference checks, standardized questionnaire for use in interviewing job applicants, and forms necessary to document changes in pay, classification, promotion, demotion, transfer, absentee/tardiness control and time worked including authorization for overtime

Labor Negotiations

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Chief Negotiator Services

For those clients who do not have an in-house negotiator, Felice Associates provides a wide array of chief negotiator services. For example, we will:

  1. Analyze and evaluate union demands
  2. Prepare management counter proposals
  3. Perform research including the use of our computerized labor costing program
  4. Arrange and conduct negotiations sessions
  5. Advise in any mediation, fact finding, or arbitration proceeding required under the law.
  6.  Draft final labor contracts.

Felice Associates has been representing employers since 1969 and is involved in labor negotiations year-round. This involvement keeps us up to date on new issues and trends crucial to the success of your negotiations.

Negotiations Support Services

For those clients who have an in-house negotiator, Felice Associates provides a wide array of comprehensive behind-the-scenes negotiations support services.

Complete & Efficient Cost Analysis

In order to develop your overall economic and non-economic positions in negotiations, a significant amount of data must be retrieved and analyzed. Initially, we gather personnel data and input itd into our labor costing computer program. This unprecedented system is based on a series of mathematical equations that can determine the current costs of all economic provisions in each of your labor contracts.

Precise Costing of Alternate Positions

Once your data is input into our computer system, that data can be utilized to immediately cost out any union demands, and instantly obtain the bottom-line cost of changes in any wage, fringe benefit, or related economic item. We can easily project various alternate negotiation positions and their exact cost.

Comprehensive Negotiation Reporting

Virtually any type of negotiation report can be generated. For example, we can develop a salary trend analysis of past years and a budget simulation that would demonstrate the impact of any wage/fringe benefit adjustments to your budget. Other analyses include average salary per classification; total hours worked by classification per year; a frequency distribution of employees by classification; total hours worked by average years employed; average rates of pay; and the number of employees within each job classification.

Transparent Vacation Time & Health Care Costs

The program includes a method to analyze individual costs of holidays and cost for employees working on holidays; number of sick days utilized and cost of replacements, cost of overtime hours based on individual and overall usage. Vacation entitlement can be reviewed to include the average annual number used per employee, as well as the annual cost of vacation days. We will analyze your current hospitalization and other health insurance plans and recommend cost containment strategies.

Exposure of Costly Contract Provisions

In addition, we review all current labor contracts to determine what provisions in the current contracts are not acceptable or not working and why, what matters are not covered by current contracts that you think should be, what contract positions have been a problem or created repetitive grievances.

Based on our analyses, we prepare a written report of our findings and recommendations for changes and improvements as appropriate. Our negotiations support services are invaluable in labor negotiations since they enable management to access and review critical information in an understandable, easy-to-read format.

HR Outsourcing

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On-Site Outsourced HR

We are one of the few firms in Pennsylvania that has the capability to provide a full time qualified on-site human resources director for clients and also provide our comprehensive human resource and labor negotiations services for a fixed annual fee. This service is unique since the client will have a qualified human resources director who has direct access to our staff of professionals, who have widespread experience and expertise with advanced knowledge in HR, labor negotiations and labor relations.

Human Resources On Call

Give HR ON-CALL a ring for all your human resource/labor relations questions. HR-ON-CALL is a telephone hotline service provided by Felice Associates, Inc. to answer questions and assist clients in solving daily human resource issues. Our team of professionals with over 300 years of combined experience in the field, is waiting to help solve your problems.

HR-ON-CALL provides information on:

  • Hiring/firing
  • Discipline/Documentation
  • Classification and Pay
  • Workers or Unemployment Compensation
  • EEOC, ADA, FMLA, FLSA Compliance
  • Grievances/Arbitrations
  • Labor Disputes
  • Employee Benefits
  • Health Care
  • Personnel Policies

A subscription to HR-ON-CALL can help your organization make an informed decision every time. By calling HR-ON-CALL, you get immediate answers to your questions, from our team of experts.

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