Employee Relations Lead - 37.5 Hours - Prescot, Merseyside (currently home-based) Location: Prescot Hours: 37.5 Contract Type: Permanent Closing Date: 22 October 2020 Vacancy Reference: REF-IE-NWE7I80 Related Positions No other similar positions Employee Relations Lead - 37.5 Hours - Prescot, Merseyside (currently home-based) Alternative Futures Group is the North West’s largest Mental Health and Learning Disability charity. We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and ‘own’ the support they receive by planning this with them; we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment. These principles are really important to us. As a ‘values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family. If you are passionate about working in Health and Social Care and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you. At AFG we also recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us. Location Currently this role is home-based, with the intention to move to permanent home working. Travel within the North West of England will potentially be required. Job Purpose As a member of the People & OD team, working alongside Divisional management teams, the key purpose of this role is to provide a comprehensive and professional HR advice, casework and support service, ensuring compliance with internal and external requirement. Key Accountabilities To provide a professional HR advisory service to staff and Divisional managers on organisational policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with statutory and legal requirements Coach managers to effectively and efficiently manage Employee Relations and People matters including: Absence and attendance management Discipline and conduct Grievance Capability and Performance Investigations Support and coach managers through employee relations cases, intervening and steering in the appropriate direction taking account of governing policies, employment law, other professional advice, best practice and precedent Providing procedural guidance to managers at disciplinary hearings taking into account employment legislation and ensuring fairness and consistency of approach Ensuring that documentation associated with disciplinary, grievance, capability etc is produced in a timely manner ensuring compliance with both legislative and organisational policies. Supporting in the case management of any litigation claims as and when required. Leading on the management of casework, relating to sickness absence. This includes making recommendations, giving advice and support to managers liaising with Occupational Health, case review meetings with employees and managers Acting as the first point of contact for employees with queries responding professionally and effectively. Operating within organisational frameworks and operating procedures at all times identifying any risks and escalating when appropriate Leading the design and delivery of workshops in areas of HR, to enhance knowledge and skills of divisional managers and employees. Keeping up to date with developments in employment legislation and human resources best practice, knowledge sharing with the team to ensure continuous improvement in the service offered. Identifying and communicating these implications within divisional teams as appropriate. Producing, analysing and interpreting management information taking action and making recommendations as appropriate. Contributing to and supporting the continuous improvement of HR systems, practices and policies in the organisation, ensuring they underpin AFG’s values. Prepare and deliver management and staff briefings on a range of people related topics. Leading the transfer process of staff (both in and out), ensuring the organisation complies with TUPE regulations and that any transition of staff is smooth and professional with the least disruption to the employee and people supported. Supporting good employee relations by involving employee representatives as appropriate and maintaining contact to enable a proactive approach to HR support. Supporting our ‘People Managers’ to continuously improve divisional performance in line with the organisations performance framework. Assisting and leading in a range of people related projects as and when required. Infection Control All employees are required to be familiar with and comply with infection prevention and control policies relevant to their area of work. Health & Safety You have a legal responsibility not to endanger yourself, your fellow employees and others by your individual acts or omissions. The post holder is required to comply with the requirements of any policy or procedure issued in respect of minimizing the risk of injury or disease. All accidents must be reported to your Manager and in line with the general philosophy of the organisation. Responsibilities common to all employees Demonstrating good judgment and sound decision making by reflecting an appropriate situational awareness, understanding of context and making informed choice when reaching decisions. Leading and promoting initiatives that support our organisational aim to be socially and environmentally responsible. Leading and supporting initiatives/projects that promote AFG as a digitally enabled organisation. Establishing, maintaining and developing professional working relationships with colleagues and external partners. Contributing generally to the development of quality services. Upholding the values, mission and vision of AFG at all times. Adhering to AFG policies and procedures and to operate within the law at all times. Demonstrating continuous professional development, encouraging others to do the same and to operate within the AFG performance management framework. Working with Corporate teams effectively to ensure the best outcome for the people supported. Complying with Equality and Diversity policy. Complying with Code of Conduct. Working flexibly in accordance with organisational need. Travelling within the operational and business area of AFG. Acting with integrity, transparency and openness at all times. This role is Band II as per our Banding Structure. You can view the full person specification here.