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Human Resources Generalist

Pittsford, NY 14534, USA Req #108
Friday, September 20, 2019
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

Job description:
Provide general HR support to the HR department and work closely with senior HR management in supporting designated geographic regions. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: employee leaves, employee relations, performance management, policy implementation, recruitment and employment law compliance.


  • Manage requests/claims for Family Medical Leave, NYS Paid Family Leave, short and long-term disability and Workers Compensation and track in HRIS for reporting purposes.

  • Coordinate performance review process-generate forms, track status and follow-up with managers.

  • Manage the development and maintenance of comprehensive job descriptions to accurately reflect the responsibilities and requirements of each position.

  • Assist in the development of employee benefit programs necessary to attract and retain qualified personnel and continually assess new programs that promote a high level of morale.

  • Participate in departmental and organizational improvement efforts by gathering, documenting and analyzing information (i.e. turnover stats, exit interview results, entrance interview results, employee grievances, etc.)

  • May assist with benchmarking, exit interviews, non-attorney recruitment through the collecting and screening of applications to ensure they meet minimum qualifications, communicating with applicants and agencies, maintaining employment statistics, maintenance of applicant flow database and interviewing applicants as required.

  • Provide information for RFP’s.

  • Manage adverse background checks.

  • Coordinate with other departments regarding client requests and questionnaires.

  • Coordinate years of service award programs and professional staff retirements.

  • Develop and maintain HR libraries.

  • Prepare and maintain employee handbooks and organization charts. Update department information and documents on intranet.

  • Assist with mergers and/or group onboarding.

  • Act as a resource to other department members.

  • Participate in the development of compensation structures through utilization of benchmarking, salary surveys and internet resources.

  • Act as resource to managers, attorneys, and employees to answer questions and assist in the resolution of job-related problems and concerns.

  • Assist CHRO in ensuring compliance with all applicable labor laws and standards.

  • Enhances own professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, participation in professional organizations, and reading of current literature.

  • Understands and complies with all applicable Firm policies, procedures, and philosophies.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.


  • Minimum 3 years as an HR Generalist including leave management and recruiting/interviewing; benefits experience a plus.

  • High school diploma or equivalent; HR certification a plus.

  • MS Office and HRIS software.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills such as organizing, problem-solving, planning, communicating and decision-making.

  • Generalist ability in all disciplines of human resource management.

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships throughout operational groups.

  • Demonstrates good organizational skills for prioritizing workload

  • Demonstrates ability to absorb new information and develop understanding efficiently

  • Must be able to manage competing priorities

  • Maintains high standards of performance

  • Exhibits conscientiousness, dedication, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility

  • Must have a professional, cooperative, positive, and flexible attitude

  • Ability to work with diverse personalities within various levels of the organization

  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills

  • Exhibits strong oral and written communications skills including excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation, form, and style 

    Harris Beach is committed to an inclusive environment and we welcome applications from diverse candidates. Harris Beach PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The firm’s policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, placement, assignment of duties, training, promotion, compensation & benefits and termination. It is the policy of Harris Beach PLLC that all applicants and employees enjoy a positive, respectful and productive work environment, free from behavior, actions or language constituting unlawful harassment. Accordingly, harassment or discrimination of any kind based on an individual’s race or color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, creed, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status is strictly prohibited. Harris Beach complies with the provisions of the Human Rights Law, all other State and Federal statutory and constitutional non-discrimination provisions including non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.
  • Pittsford, NY 14534, USA