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Key HR Functions
The department of Human Resources contains six major functional units.
- Benefits Unit
- Civil Service Exam Administration Unit
- Equal Employment Opportunity Unit
- Labor Relations Unit
- Payroll Unit
- Personnel Support Unit
The Benefits Unit manages the mandatory and discretionary benefits available to Monroe County employees and retirees. Some of the programs are health and dental insurance plans, New York State Employee Retirement System (NYSERS) pension, flexible spending accounts, workers compensation claims, unemployment insurance, pre-tax parking, and Section 457 deferred compensation plans. The Benefits Unit concentrates on the efficient administration of these benefits, as well as evaluating ways to control expenses.
The Benefits Unit is also involved with the County-wide Wellness Program and the Leadership Academy, an in-house training program for managers.
The Civil Service unit administers the civil service examination process for competitive class positions, maintains civil service eligible lists, provides certifications of the eligible lists, and interprets the New York State Civil Service Law for Monroe County departments and the 66 other jurisdictions of the Monroe County Civil Service Commission. The unit is also responsible for payroll certification for all jurisdictions under the Monroe County Civil Service Commission. Civil Service examinations are given from September through June each year.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Unit is responsible for all facets of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law, the American with Disabilities Act, the Human Rights Law and other civil rights laws as they relate to employment with Monroe County. This includes recruitment, retention, promotion, enforcement, and training. The unit processes discrimination and harassment charges by employees and customers, and is responsible for providing pro-active policy awareness training for all employees. Training conducted pertains to diversity, sexual harassment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Labor Relations division negotiates collective bargaining agreements with nine Unions that represent Monroe County employees. These Unions represent approximately 90% of the full-time County workforce. The division also administers the collective bargaining agreements, including handling grievances, arbitrations, improper practice charges, and other employment-related matters with the Unions.
The division advises County department heads and administrators on labor relation issues, including discipline and contract interpretation.
Payroll Unit is responsible for running the County’s bi-weekly payroll. The unit also creates and maintains history files for all Monroe County employees. In response to subpoenas and institutions conducting credit histories, the unit verifies requests for employee information. The unit also conducts audits and ensures the accuracy of the Monroe County payroll.
Personnel Support Unit
The Personnel unit serves in a liaison capacity to Monroe County departments and the other civil service jurisdictions of the Monroe County Civil Service Commission. The unit provides assistance to County departments in the areas of Civil Service Law, County policies and practices, recruitment and appointments, labor contract compliance, and position classification. In addition to the County departments, this unit also provides civil service assistance to the 66 other jurisdictions of the Monroe County Civil Service Commission which includes all Monroe County towns, villages, school districts, the Rochester City School District, fire districts, libraries, Monroe Community College (MCC), and the Monroe County Water Authority. Reviewing and approving the qualifications of applicants for Civil Service examinations and other appointments is an important function of this unit.
Monroe County government prohibits discrimination in employment, program activities, procurement and contracting against any person due to such person's age, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex or national origin.
Monroe County services and programs are located in accessible facilities. Reasonable disability related accommodations needed to apply for or receive services, or for employment, may be requested of the applicable department, preferably five to seven days in advance. Examples include, but are not limited to, requests for sign language interpreters, requests that information be provided in alternative formats, or requests for staff assistance.
- NYS Department of Civil Service
- Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Recruitment
- ADA Web Page
- US Department of Labor
- Office of the State Comptroller (Retirement Information)
- Social Security Administration
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management
- NYS Workers’ Compensation
- NYS Department of Labor
- Social Security (Disability Information)
- Cornucopia of Disability Information
- Job Accommodation Network