Labor Relations Analyst

Develop a company's employee-related policies.

What does a Labor Relations Analyst do?

A workplace is a bit like a giant sandbox. If everyone shares, plays by the rules, and keeps the insults to a minimum, it’s a peaceful and fun place to be. But if someone steps out of line, the grit starts to fly and everyone runs for cover. A Labor Relations Analyst strives to keep the workplace calm and relaxed, but if things go wrong, they can also step in to restore order.

As a Labor Relations Analyst, you have a key role to play in setting hiring, firing, compensation, and seniority rules for your company. Studying the way other companies treat their employees is a good place to start, but you also have state, local, and federal laws to abide by. And, you may have union rules that you can’t break.

When employees have grievances that cannot be resolved by the Human Resources Manager of the company, they visit the Labor Relations Analyst. These people might feel they were passed over for promotions, for example, or they might feel that they need higher salaries.

In these meetings, you take careful notes but avoid making promises. Changes must be approved by the President or Chief Executive Officer, and you don’t have that sort of power. Instead, you research the complaint and make recommendations to help guide decisions.

Employee unions might file grievances on behalf of all of the people who work for the company, and when this happens, you again research the issue to ensure that your company is in compliance with its agreements. In some cases, you negotiate directly with the Union Representative, speaking for your company and trying to come to a resolution.