Your Office of Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources operates from the perspective that employees should be trusted to work with the best interests of Western University in mind and to observe the policies and procedures of the University and the directions of their supervisor and/or manager.
The purpose of the open communications guideline is to implement Western University’s philosophy that employees should be encouraged to raise their work-related concerns informally with their immediate supervisor. All Western University supervisors will attempt to keep all such expressions of concern, their investigation, and the terms of their resolution confidential, consulting with the Office of Human Resources staff as appropriate.
You are encouraged to raise any work-related concerns with your immediate supervisor as soon as possible after the event that causes the concerns. Alternatively, you may raise your concerns with the Human Resources Administrator and/or the Vice President, Human Resources as appropriate.
Services We Offer
Western University believes that employee concerns are best addressed through informal and open communication. No employee will be disciplined or otherwise penalized for raising a good-faith concern. The staff members of Western University’s Office of Human Resources are available to answer questions about employment, working conditions, and other human resources matters. Some of the typical and primary services provided by the Office of Human Resources are as follows:
- Generation of employment candidates – Receive staff requisitions and prepare weekly job postings; prepare and place ads with newspapers and other available sources; receive and review applications and resumes, and refer candidates who meet the minimum requirements of the job; counsel employees; maintain the job line; and insure EEO compliance.
- Orientation of new employees – Schedule new employees for orientation; provide general information regarding the University and the Colleges; distribute Employee Handbooks to new employees; distribute information regarding policies and procedures.
- Administration of Employee Group Benefits and other Fringe Benefits – Provide assistance to employees on group benefits and retirement plans.
- Professional Development – Provide learning opportunities for employees to promote personal and professional development, which will lead to a higher level of performance and help individuals initiate, manage, and respond to institutional change.
- Development and interpretation of HR policies and procedures – Review and research HR laws and policies, and recommend changes and updates to keep them current; interpret and provide guidance and advisory service to management and employees.
- Classification of jobs – Review, evaluate, classify and/or reclassify staff positions; write and/or update job descriptions; counsel employees, supervisors and directors regarding the classification process.
- Employee Relations – Provide guidance, assistance and advice to various levels of management regarding the timely resolution of employee concerns, employee misconduct and performance problems.
- Administration of the rideshare program – Calculate participation records, conduct annual survey and provide results to the SCAQMD.
- Compliance with Human Resource Regulatory Requirements – Provide recommendations and guidance for compliance with many employment related regulatory requirements including FMLA, PDL, ADA, ADEA, FLSA and NLRA to name a few.
The Office of Human Resources will assist you if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns relating to your job and Western University’s Human Resource policies and practices.
To create a nationally prominent broad based best practices Human Resources Program that fosters employee professional development and productivity in a highly innovative medical graduate University that supports the vision of Western University and become an “Employer of Choice”.
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to develop, implement and maintain a State-of-the-Art Human Resources program compatible with the “Humanistic Values” of Western University and is recognized as an outstanding employer who is committed to sound professional development practices, compensation management, employee relations, regulatory compliance, strategic planning and Human Resources Information Systems.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of Western University to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment as required by law without regard to age, race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.
To this end, Western University is committed to equal opportunity laws that ensure applicants and employees are treated equally. Western University will strive not to unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment decisions based on age, race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, mental and physical handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law. Additionally, Western University is committed to ensuring that all employees enjoy a work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment and intimidation.
This policy reflects the commitment of Western University’s compliance with the principles of equal employment regulations at all times. All employment activities, including but not limited to hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff, discharge, rate of pay, employee benefits, selection for training and job assignments shall be conducted without unlawful regard to age, race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law.
Any employee or applicant for employment who believes that he or she has not been treated consistent with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy or feels he or she has been subjected to any form of sexual intimidation or harassment is to contact the Vice President, Human Resources, who is the Equal Opportunity Officer for Western University of Health Sciences. In the event a claim of sexual harassment involves a student, the Vice President, Student Affairs will be involved in the investigation process working in concert with the Senior Vice President.