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Employee Relations Analyst - Chicago or Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Employee Relations Analyst - Chicago or Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Human Resources

Job Description

Employee Relations Analyst - Chicago or Decatur, IL

Job Overview
The Employee Relations Analyst will be an integral part of the North America Employee Relations team at ADM. This position is responsible for overseeing and ensuring policy compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This role involves developing and implementing employee relations compliance strategies, policies, and procedures while also providing guidance and support to HR teams and senior leadership. The Employee Relations Analyst will collaborate with HR professionals, legal counsel, and other stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to mitigate risks and foster a positive work environment. You will ensure that project and team milestones and goals are achieved on time and while adhering to approved budgets. You will report to the head of the Employee Relations CoE.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Policy and Procedure Monitoring: Conduct regular reviews and prepare assessments of the organization’s employee relations practices (i.e. labor law posting requirements), policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
  • ADAAA Compliance: Manage the reasonable accommodation interactive process in collaboration with the legal and leave administration teams to ensure the uniform and equitable treatment of employees with disabilities under the American Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).
  • Data Analysis: Analyze employee relations data, including complaints, grievances, and disciplinary actions to identify trends, patterns, and potential compliance risks.
  • Policy Development: Supports ER team in collaboration with HR leadership and legal counsel as a project team member towards the development, review, and update employee relations policies, procedures, and guidelines to address compliance requirements and promote fair and consistent treatment of employees.
  • Training and Education: Support the content development and deliverance of employee relations training programs and materials for HR teams, employees and managers on topics such as harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, and workplace conduct to promote awareness of legal obligations and best practices.
  • Management and Regulatory Reporting: Work closely with data & analytics team and external partners to prepare and submit compliance reports to management and regulatory authorities (i.e. EEO-1, AAP, VETS, etc.) summarizing employee relations activities, including investigations, outcomes, and recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Conduct risk assessments and audits to identify potential areas of vulnerability and develop strategies to mitigate compliance risks related to employee relations
  • Colleague Support: Provide guidance and assistance to HR professionals, managers, and employees on compliance-related matters, including interpretation of policies, procedures, and applicable laws.
  • Investigation Management: Provides investigation support as needed for employee complaints, and allegations of misconduct in a timely and impartial manner, ensuring adherence to internal investigation protocols and legal requirements.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including legal, internal audit, and operations, to address compliance-related issues and initiatives and ensure alignment with organizational goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • A Juris Doctorate, Master's degree or professional certification (e.g., PHR, SHRM-CP, AWI) is a plus.
Key Skills required:
  • 5+ years’ experience in employee relations, HR Compliance, or related areas, preferably within heavy manufacturing and/or large organization with significant hourly workforce.
  • 3+ years experience with workplace investigations is required.
  • Strong understanding of U.S. employment policies/procedures and related federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and EEOC guidelines.
  • Experience building and leading the reasonable accommodation interactive process under the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data to identify trends and compliance risks.
  • Experience in developing and implementing compliance strategies.
  • Experience conducting workplace investigations and handling sensitive employee relations matters with discretion, impartiality, and confidentiality.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate complex information clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences and varying levels of leadership.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in using HRIS systems, case management software, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethical conduct in all employee relations activities.
  • HR or Workplace Investigation certification helpful.
This job description outlines the general duties and qualifications expected of an Employee Relations Analyst. Specific responsibilities and qualifications may vary depending on the organization's size, industry, and complexity of HR operations.

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ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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