Services Performed by LSA Human Resources

LSA HR is responsible for managing the HR activities that impact LSA employees in the U-M Career Family Classification System and employees represented by U-M labor unions (primarily LEO, GEO and AFSCME).

Each LSA department has an assigned HR contact.  Departments are encouraged to work with that contact for all the HR services discussed below with the exception of labor relations. Jim Burkel and Linda Dabrowski are the primary contacts for any labor relations issues that arise in LSA.  Information about the services that LSA HR commonly provides appears below and is organized by functional areas of the human resource profession:

Recruiting and Employment

  • Consultation on job postings and the eRecruit applicant management system.
  • Guidance on identifying employee recruitment sources, including diversity-oriented sources.
  • Development and maintenance of employee selection tools/procedures (reference checking, interview questions, etc.).
  • Review and approval of all staff employment offers (salary reviews, advice about salary negotiations, etc.).
  • Guidance on employment-based immigration issues for staff positions.
  • Administration of the LSA staff position process.

Training and Organizational Development

  • Maintain and deliver training programs on HR-related topics, including but not limited to the following:
    • LSA New Employee Orientation (NEO)
    • New Key Administrator Orientation
    • Managing Employee Performance Issues
    • Work Planning
    • Identifying non-LSA staff training options (HRD, ITCS, external vendors, etc.)
  • Advise departments about managing significant organizational changes (reductions-in-force, reorganizations, etc.)
  • Participate in departmental administrative reviews
  • Administer and maintain the College’s professional development and tuition support budgets

Compensation and Job Classification

  • Provide day-to-day salary reviews for staff status changes (new hires, promotions, demotions, transfers, etc.)
  • Maintain and administer LSA compensation programs
    • Base Pay Program
    • Annual Salary Program
  • Advise supervisors about supplemental pay options (PeoplePay, etc)
  • Administer and assure compliance with the University’s job classification system
  • Develop, administer and monitor employee recognition programs (staff Spotlight, staff achievement, Spring Fling, etc.)

Employee and Labor Relations*

  • Provide information and guidance regarding employment laws as well as University policies, procedures, and practices
  • Counsel supervisors regarding difficult employee situations
    • Employee discipline
    • Grievances
    • Employee separations
    • Employee health issues in the workplace
  • Develop, administer, and maintain employment-oriented policies and programs
    • LSA Attendance Management Program
    • LSA Faculty and Staff COI/COC
    • LSA Flexible Scheduling Program
  • Participate in union contract negotiations and administration*

HR Information Systems and Analytic Support

  • Develop and maintain HR data for use in evaluating HR activity and effectiveness
  • Measure the effectiveness of HR activities and programs
  • Advise departments about completing employment transactions via HRMS and Wolverine Access

University and College Service

  • Represent the College on various University-wide committees
    • International Center Advisory Board
    • LSA Immigration Liaisons
    • FASAP Advisory Board
    • Unit Liaisons to MAIS and for the HR system
    • HR Communications Group
    • University (Job) Classification Advisory Committee
    • VOICES of the Staff

*Jim Burkel is the primary point of contact for LEO and GEO contract issues in LSA, and serves as the College’s “Administrative Designee” under Article XXII(B)(4) of the UM/GEO Agreement.  Jim may be reached at (734) 763-9841 and/or jburkel@umich.edu.”


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