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Labor & Employee Relations

Labor and Employee Relations (LER) acts as a resource for campus units, supervisors, and employees to facilitate and ensure best practices in the workplace. We are especially committed to those practices that promote superior performance and contribute to Campus academic excellence initiatives. Our services include: interpretation of Campus policy and collective bargaining agreements, unit and employee consultations, and oversight for various employee compliance activities.

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Employee Relations

  • Act as a primary resource for units and employees regarding the application and interpretation of University policy documents, including collective bargaining agreements.
  • Partner with supervisors and employees to develop performance management plans that include formal feedback that serves to maximize employee performance.
  • Assist with the coordination of various compliance activities, including Ethics Training and Positive Time Reporting.
  • Assist with the resolution of workplace concerns, including complaints and formal grievances.
  • Act as an intake officer for complaints of discrimination and harassment filed under the Campus policy.
  • Act as the designee for grievance hearings and responses at the Director’s step of negotiated grievance procedures.
  • Provide information and assistance to employees applying for disability leave and shared benefits.
  • Advise units and employees with Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) eligibility provisions and application procedures.
  • Coordinate multi-unit staffings that bring together Campus expertise on responding to critical incidents and special situations, including fitness to work and workplace violence.   

Labor Relations

  • Provide contract administration and interpretation for those subject to union contract provisions.
  • Interpret and communicate legislation relating to policy and law that impact represented employees.
  • Participate in the collective bargaining process for represented academic employees.
  • Host labor/management meetings as a forum for addressing immediate and ongoing concerns of employees and management.

Contact Information

Phone: (217) 333-0033

Name Title E-mail Phone
Sharon Reynolds Associate Director sreynlds@illinois.edu (217) 333-0033
Heather Horn Assistant Director hwilson@illinois.edu (217) 333-0033
Yulee Kim Employee Relations Coordinator ycarpen2@illinois.edu (217) 333-0033