Employee Relations, Labor Relations and Compliance

The employee relations, labor relations and compliance unit serves as the university's chief representative for Brandeis' five unions, representing campus police; facilities staff; library staff; graduate students who work as teaching assistants and teaching fellows; and part-time faculty.

The unit also provides employee training and development opportunities to Brandeis staff and faculty, including management and leadership training; skills development opportunities; and compliance-related training. In addition, the unit provides guidance with regard to Brandeis human resources policies.

Who We Are

Elizabeth Herriott Tierney
Elizabeth Herriott Tierney
Director, Employee Relations and Labor Relations
781-736-4456 Bernstein-Marcus 108
  • Responsible for all aspects of the university's labor relations practice for its five unions, including contract negotiations, grievance administration and advising supervising staff and faculty on the interpretation of the university's collective bargaining agreements.

  • Conducts and oversees employment-related investigations that do not involve allegations of discrimination.

  • Provides administration and interpretation with regard to the university's human resources policies and applicable state and federal laws.

suzanne albright
Suzanne Albright
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
781-736-2968 Bernstein-Marcus
  • Provides supervising staff and faculty with comprehensive and proactive employee relations service in the form of counsel, intervention and resolution of issues that may arise between the university and its employees.

  • Partners with management to identify and meet business needs and provide strategic solutions in alignment with human resources practices, policies and programs to include workforce planning and reorganizations.

  • Partners with human resources central services (i.e., training, recruitment, compensation and external consultants) to support management in meeting their strategic goals.

  • Conducts employment-related investigations that do not involve allegations of discrimination to ensure compliance with Brandeis human resources policies and applicable state and federal laws.

  • Works with supervisory staff and faculty to provide adaptive equipment and other reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

  • Conducts exit interviews and analyzes data gathered for use in trending and metrics reporting.

Cynthia Farquhar
Cynthia Farquhar
Training Specialist
781-736-4470 Bernstein-Marcus
  • Conducts new-hire orientations.

  • Delivers and coordinates employee training and development opportunities, including compliance-based training, leadership development and performance-management training.

  • Works with individual departments to develop and provide ad hoc training opportunities to faculty and staff responsive to individual department needs.

Deborah Jenkins
Deborah Jenkins
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
781-736-4472 Bernstein-Marcus 106
  • Provides supervising staff and faculty with comprehensive and proactive employee relations service in the form of counsel, intervention and resolution of issues that may arise between the university and its employees.

  • Partners with management to identify and meet business needs and provide strategic solutions in alignment with human resources practices, policies and programs to include workforce planning and reorganizations.

  • Partners with human resources central services (i.e., training, recruitment, compensation and external consultants) to support management in meeting their strategic goals.

  • Conducts employment-related investigations that do not involve allegations of discrimination to ensure compliance with Brandeis human resources policies and applicable state and federal laws.

  • Works with supervisory staff and faculty to provide adaptive equipment and other reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

  • Conducts exit interviews and analyzes data gathered for use in trending and metrics reporting.