HRA

Human Resources Administration

Organizational Description the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is responsible for the daily administration of all personnel related work activities for an agency of approximately ten thousand employees, with over 150 hundred offices located throughout the State of Arizona. The four major areas in HRA include Staffing, Employee Relations, Operations and Administration.  

The Staffing Unit conducts recruitment activities including application and resume screening, evaluation and referral of hiring lists, administration of the promotional program, and consultation on interview design and other selection methods and practices.  The unit is responsible to review and make recommendations on special entrance rates and salary adjustment requests.

The Employee Relations Unit interprets state and federal laws, rules and policies affecting employees and their employment. Other functions include reviewing and providing input on DES policies, assisting management with disciplinary actions, conducting grievance reviews for the Director's Office, handling unemployment insurance appeals from former employees, administering the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) program, responding to questions regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and assisting with responses for HR Public Records Requests for disciplinary records and subpoenas.

The Operations Unit is responsible for the input and processing of all personnel actions and benefits. Other functions include insurance premium billing for employees on Leave Without Pay (LWOP), administering the Workers’ Compensation program, the Donated Annual Leave program, and coordination of all OnBase (document imaging) activities for the administration. The unit is also responsible for the maintenance of official employee personnel files.

HRA Administration provides oversight to each of the HRA functional units, and provides guidance and advice to management on a variety of sensitive and complex personnel matters, such as organizational structure, Department-wide personnel policies and practices, and proposed legislation. Long-range personnel planning for the Department and improvement of personnel systems and processes are two other important responsibilities. The unit is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of classification actions for all positions in the agency. HRA administers the Managing, Accountability and Performance (MAP) for performance assessment and Reduction-In-Force (RIF) actions. Finally, HRA serves as the liaison on a host of personnel matters with various DES divisions, the Department of Administration, other state agencies and other governmental organizations.