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The Human Resources Department serves as a strategic partner to City departments by attracting, developing and retaining the most qualified, high performing and diverse workforce in a healthy, safe, and productive work environment to provide excellent public service to the residents of the City of Oxnard.
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Employee & Labor Relations: Develops a strategic view of the priorities for balancing sustainable financial resources with the cost of a stable and highly skilled workforce to provide City services. Labor Relations secures City Council and City Manager approval for long- and short-term objectives and adjustments as needed; establishes and maintains a durable working relationship with organized labor groups; negotiates agreements that achieve strategic, operational and fiscal objectives consistent with prioritized needs; performs day-to-day oversight of the implementation of negotiated agreements; resolves grievances; and assures that the collective bargaining agreements and disciplinary actions are applied in a consistent, business based manner. Employee Benefits educates City employees to make informed choices among a wide variety of high quality benefit options.
Employee Benefits: Implements and administers benefits plans; analyzes and makes recommendations related to benefit programs and policies; participates in benefit contract negotiation and renewals; communicates benefits information to employees; administers family and medical leave, COBRA, and military leave; issues benefit notices; and manages payments to benefit providers.
Recruitment & Selection, Classification & Compensation: Plans and acquires a highly skilled workforce by directing and assessing recruitment and examination systems in accordance with the civil service principles and all applicable federal, State, and local statutes, laws and regulations. Staff also provides recruitment and certification of qualified candidates and determines classification and compensation, bargaining units, and Fair Labor Standards Act status.
Risk Management: Focuses on safeguarding City resources and minimizing loss to its human, physical, and financial assets. Staff administers the City’s self-insured programs for liability, property, and workers’ compensation claims and settles claims within established guidelines. They also purchase various lines of insurancecoverage, establish and review insurance requirements for City agreements and permits, and seek reimbursement from third parties causing damage to City property. Risk Management also manages workplace safety and loss prevention programs, which help to avoid and lessen these risks; performs facility inspections; provides safety training for City employees; and oversees compliance with a number of federal and State mandated programs including Unemployment Insurance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and drug testing.
Training & Development: Provides high-quality training programs designed to meet individual, group, or departmental needs and objectives by conducting comprehensive programs in required training, general management, supervision and basic skills development.