The Town of Rocky Hill's municipal organization strives to provide high quality services to the community through its most valuable assets - municipal employees.
The Department of Human Resources & Legal Compliance is a strategic partner with the municipality, supporting its interest in building and retaining a professional, top talent workforce that is innovative, responsive, and adept at serving an increasingly diverse community.
Human Resources & Legal Compliance provides personnel management solutions that comply with laws governing workplace practices. This includes supporting the Town Manager, Department Directors and employees with opportunities to enhance productivity, service, and communication, while controlling costs. The Department's key functions (alphabetical order) include:
- Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act Compliance
- Department of Labor Unemployment Benefit Requests and Contests
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Facilitation
- Employee Relations/Internal Administrative Reviews
- Employee Training and Professional Development
- Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Compliance
- Labor Relations and Municipal Employee Relations Act Compliance
- OSHA Compliance Plans and Workplace Safety Training
- Performance Management
- Personnel Transactions and Personnel File Maintenance
- Recruitment and Hiring Processes
- Workers' Compensation
Human Resources & Legal Compliance also develops, interprets and implements uniform, non-discriminatory personnel policies and procedures, and monitors workplace activities for compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The Department's risk management practices and programs, including the system of administrative/internal reviews, and employee training sessions, all serve to mitigate losses associated with public officials' liability and workplace safety. The Department facilitates the Town's robust recruitment and hiring process, which is based on best practices designed to hire the most qualified candidate through objective, merit-based metrics. The Department also drafts and maintains the Town's OSHA-Compliance Plans, and coordinates workplace safety classes that comply with OSHA standards.
Relative to labor relations, the Town recognizes and respects the right of employees to be part of collective bargaining units in accordance with Connecticut's Municipal Employee Relations Act (MERA). Labor relations is an integral part of the municipality's personnel management system, and the Town strives to promote and maintain a positive labor-management relationship with its bargaining units. Accordingly, when labor-management issues arise, Human Resources & Legal Compliance strives for collaborative, proactive solutions.
Opportunities for job growth, promotion and succession planning are the cornerstone to retaining employees recognized as top performers. Human Resources & Legal Compliance works closely with senior managers and department heads to prepare employees for such opportunities by coordinating access to professional development and skill-building classes. The Department also instructs management on effective and equitable performance management strategies and succession plans. Human Resources & Legal Compliance is committed to helping management identify the best qualified people for positions in a manner that is fair and equitable.