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  • About the Employee Relations Division

    The Employee Relations Division:

    • Ensures that the City embraces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the related provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Provides consultation on policy issues and applicable regulations
    • Provides consultation on personnel conflicts and disciplinary matters
    • Handles the City's unemployment insurance claims
    • Maintains and updates the City Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual

    The Employee Relations Division serves as a strategic partner in maintaining harmonious relations between employees and the City, thereby reducing employment-related litigation and helping to maintain fiscal responsibility and stability in the organization. Employee Relations serves to protect the rights of employees while supporting management in carrying out the important functions of the City in an efficient manner. Through working closely with all City departments, Employee Relations assures compliance with numerous State, federal, and local employment laws and rules including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the City’s Manual of Personnel Rules, Practices and Procedures, and various other regulations under which the City operates. By conducting timely and thorough investigations of employee discrimination and personnel complaints and then responding with appropriate remedial action where justified, Employee Relations contributes to an employer-employee environment conducive to productivity and efficiency. In addition to its compliance administration, Employee Relations also administers the City’s unemployment insurance claims, updates and maintains the Manual of Personnel Rules, Practices and Procedures, provides advice to departments and the public on accessibility and disability issues, and provides support to the Accessibility & Disability Commission through the Division’s Disability Issue Coordinator.

    Richard Kunz, Human Resources Manager