Human Resources Generalist

Location: Salisbury, NC

Position Summary:

Under the guidance and direction of the Human Resources Manager, the HR Generalist provides support for all HR and safety related activities and needs at our Salisbury, NC site, as well as supporting the broader company HR function. The person in this role will work closely with the HR Manager to provide guidance for all HR services, employee relations, investigations, coaching managers, and policies and programs. This role is customer-facing (both internal and external to the company) and requires a large amount of cross functional collaboration across all departments to ensure we position ourselves for success. This includes providing back-up payroll processing in the absence of the Payroll/HRIS Administrator. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of progressively responsible HR experience including HRIS and Payroll experience using Kronos Workforce Ready (UKG Ready), or similar platform.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Model and promote the safety policies of Yale Cordage, Inc., continuously improving workplace safety and enforcing policy regarding accidents/injuries
  • Model and support and promote Yale values
  • Provide technical support and advice to the Salisbury team for all human resources policies and procedures
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding payroll and benefits, including health and dental, 401k, PTO, FMLA and general employee personnel issues
  • Source, recruit and build a pipeline of candidates for hourly and exempt positions for Salisbury and other Yale sites as needed. Post ads, develop and maintain relationships with recruiters and state and local career services.
  • Screen, interview, notify existing staff of internal opportunities; reference check, make hiring recommendations, draft and assemble offer and termination packages; manage the applicant database
  • Plan, implement and develop onboarding, employee orientation and retention programs
  • Orient new employees by providing orientation information and guidance for online onboarding; review company policies; explain benefit programs; and support enrollment
  • Verify I-9 documentation, process e-verify and maintain file
  • Partner with managers and supervisors regarding employee relations issues and guide them in the performance management/improvement process.
  • Assist HR Manager with annual performance evaluation process
  • Assist with compiling data for salary and benefits surveys
  • Investigate accidents and near misses, reporting claims as necessary, maintaining OSHA log, monitor claims, assist with developing light duty assignments; keep HR Manager, Safety Manager and CFO informed
  • Advise HR Manager when there may be legal concerns, assertions of harassment, discrimination, unfair termination or other sensitive employee relations concerns. Conduct and document investigations as necessary
  • Monitor and review unemployment claims; represent Yale in hearigns; substantiate documentation
  • Guide and oversee FMLA and ADA requests and leaves of absence
  • Update job knowledge and stay abreast of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, new developments, and trends through networking, participation in SHRM, and local HR professional groups, webinars, and by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications and recommend any best practices or initiatives
  • Develop and recommend amendments to company policies, ensuring compliance with legal requirements
  • Participate in the maintenance of the employee handbook and HR policies and procedures
  • Partner with HR Manager on writing, revising, and/or updating job descriptions
  • Conduct training for new HRIS/payroll system users on processes and functionality
  • Serve as primary backup for payroll and employee benefits, processing payroll in the absence of the Payroll/HRIS Administrator
  • Audit human resources records, including employee records ensuring accuracy, legal compliance and confidentiality of information
  • Performs other duties, as assigned

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Minimum of four years of human resources experience with at least two being in a generalist role
  • Safety, Payroll and Benefits Administration experience a plus, with web-based Payroll and HRIS experience, preferably on Kronos Workforce Ready (UKG Ready), or similar platform.
  • Proven experience driving a project from beginning to end with little supervision
  • HRCI and / or SHRM certifications preferred, but not required

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills necessary to communicate and work effectively and build professional relationships with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required
  • Strong empathy skills with ability to defuse sensitive or contentious employee issues and concerns
  • Skilled multi-tasker, able to function effectively and handle multiple tasks in a demanding work environment often under tight time constraints; prioritize, and consistently meet strict deadlines,
  • Proficient in internet research and MS Office Suite software
  • Strong organizational / time management skills, with attention to detail
  • Goal oriented self-starter who takes initiative and acts appropriately in various circumstances without direction

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment may be loud.

Yale Cordage, Inc. reserves the right to change or revise duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This document is not a written or implied contract of employment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.