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Associate Relations Specialist - REMOTE

Company: Office Depot
Location: Boca Raton
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:


Provide Human Resource support to the stores organization in establishing and maintaining a strong associate relations environment. Work closely with associates and store management regarding disability accommodation requests, leave of absence, and return to work from leave issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Support associates and management in ADA interactive process issues, including taking the lead on or directing the interactive process and documenting it.
* Support management in leave of absence issues, including FMLA, non-FMLA Medical Leave, Personal Leave, state leaves, and Military Leave. Assist management with return to work from leave issues, including evaluating return to work restrictions and requests for extension of leave. Have knowledge or ability to quickly learn state specific laws regarding leaves of absences (ex. California) will be needed to effectively assist with making recommendations for resolution and/or next steps.
* Analyzes requests for reasonable accommodations and determines whether to accommodate. Explores alternatives as necessary.
* Act as liaison between third party leave administrator and stores. Identifies concerns/issues on reporting or processes, attempts to identify root cause and provides recommendations for resolution.
* Works with employment law team to respond to EEOC, DOL and other legal claims. Represents the Company in mediations, depositions and other legal processes.
* Provide advice and guidance to District Managers and Store Managers on disciplinary issues. Escalates issues, as needed to ER Manager, ER management team, or VP of HR for handling for highly complex issues
* Support Employee Relations team on other associate relations' matters.
* May assist with completing undue burden analysis in partnership with Legal, other HR partners and/or NAR leadership.


* Bachelors Degree in Business, HR or related field
* Four to seven years of experience and/or training. General HR experience or specialized experience related to leave administration and accommodations for disabilities.
* PHR or SPHR preferred

Skills & Ability:

* Decision quality
* Organization
* Managerial Courage
* Influencing others
* Communication
* Customer Focus
* Listening
* Sizing up people
* Problem solving
* Dealing with ambiguity
* In depth knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and state and local employment laws and regulations related to leave, disabilities, and basic understanding of worker's compensation -Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
* Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
* Positive, upbeat attitude; excellent organizational skills; ability to multitask; good listener; flexible and open to change


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification and are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified. Other duties may be assigned.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

The company offers competitive salaries, a benefits package, which includes a 401(k) and more, along with plenty of opportunity to move and grow within our organization! For immediate consideration for this exciting position, please click the Apply Now button.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records City & County of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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