Labour Relations Consultant

  • ClassificationGeneralist > HR Partner / Consultant
  • Salary
  • Work typeFull-time
  • LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
  • Posted on28 Apr 2016
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About Us

We value your passion and commitment to our vision of 'Healthy, Self-determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities'. We uphold Community-Driven, Nation-Based approaches to transforming the health system and enhancing wellness for BC First Nations peoples and communities.

Committed to respecting diversity within our workforce, we are specifically dedicated to increasing the number of First Nations and Aboriginal employees within our organization. As a result, we ask that all First Nations and Aboriginal applicants self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes and preference may be given to qualified First Nations and Aboriginal applicants.

Job Description

Position Summary

The Labour Relations (LR) Consultant will support the Business Partner team and Directors on both Employee Relations (ER) and Labour Relations (LR) issues, providing subject matter expertise, advice and guidance. For LR, support includes preparation for bargaining, collective agreement administration and interpretation and case grievance and arbitration management. For ER, support includes researching files, drafting discipline letters and litigation preparation. The LR Consultant works cross-functionally with internal partners and external trade union representatives, Health Services vendors, regulatory agencies, and members of the legal profession.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Labour Relations Consulting

  • Provide guidance and specialized knowledge to unionized lines of business on the administration and interpretation of collective agreements.
  • Provide guidance and support to frontline managers and HRCs on performance management, attendance management and progressive discipline within the unionized environment
  • Using a case management approach, initiates and leads the process to resolve grievances, including mediation and arbitration efforts
  • In collaboration with the Chief Negotiator, leads the bargaining process during the preparation and negotiation of collective agreements
  • Represents the organization on the Joint Consultation Committee and presents recommendations requiring decision to the HR leadership team
  • Provide labour relations input on organization-wide or business-specific initiatives and projects, including risk/potential impact analysis and recommendations associated with business issues
  • Contributes to the development of policies, processes, procedures, pertaining to collective agreement interpretation and applicability of organization wide policies to unionized employees
  • Monitor and report on labour relations trends and trade union activities; keep current on employment and labour legislation, case law and current events affecting the work environment
  • Conduct research/analysis and prepare statistical reports in support of Labour Relations initiatives and work packages
  • Investigate and respond to inquiries from external third parties such as HRSDC, Labour Canada, CHRC, and the Ministry of Labour
  • Design and deliver educational and awareness sessions to managers and Human Resources Business partners

Employee Relations Consulting

  • Provide pro-active and specialized employee relations advice/consultation to managers in partnership with the human resources business partner team in order to minimize risk to the organization relative to employment matters (e.g. reputational, legal, legislative), including:
  • Day-to-day ER advice and information related to workplace issues, and employment legislation, FNHA Policy and programs and work environment trends and issues
  • Supporting Business and HR partners in the understanding and application of internal policy and external regulations that impact the working environment
  • Enabling business partners to effectively manage and mitigate employment related risk in following areas:   terminations, Workplace Issue Resolution Process inquiries, escalated employee issues, employment issues not requiring third party investigation and complex performance management
  • Liaising with internal and external partners

Performs other related duties as required


Job Specifications


A related university degree or equivalent work experience is required.  Labour and Employment law designation or background and/or Canadian Human Rights Professional (CHRP) designation will be considered assets.


4 to 6 years of progressively responsible experience delivering employee and labour relations expertise, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Comprehensive & current knowledge of human resource policies, practices and processes, particularly in the area of labour and employee relations, employment law, federal and provincial employment legislation and standards, and labour relations.
  • Consulting and influencing skills in order to convince others to adopt new policies and programs and to recognize the business risk if labour and employee relations issues are not addressed appropriately.
  • Solid problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to apply judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships.
  • Strong communication and business writing skills sufficient to convey information clearly both internally and externally, verbally and written.
  • Ability to fact-find and obtain information through a variety of sources for analysis and decision-making.
  • Knowledge and experience in performance management, discipline and dismissal, human rights, complex attendance management and disability management issues.
  • Working knowledge of FNHA HR systems and processes
  • Some exposure to project management skills/discipline/concepts considered an asset.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work load, take initiative and manage multiple tasks without close supervision.
  • Proficiency using MS Office with a particular emphasis on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and present findings in a clear, concise manner.
  • Ability to think and understand at a strategic level, but execute tactically with attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, good judgement and discretion with highly confidential and sensitive information.
  • Strong customer service focus: excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, relationship building skills and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work as a team player and independently.
  • Demonstrates initiative, ability to identify problems and propose action.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of key issues and opportunities for British Columbia First Nations


For more position details and information about us, please visit:


May 10, 2016 at 4:00pm


Email or fax your Cover Letter & Resume as one document to:

Email: or, Confidential Fax: (604) 913-6135

In the subject line of your email or fax,   please include the following:

1) LR Consultant

2) “Self -Identified”, if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as First Nations or Aboriginal.

3) In your Cover Letter please indicate where and how you became aware of this job opportunity.


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