Employee Relations

What We Do

The Employee Relations, Labor Relations and Compliance Unit serves as the University's chief representative for Brandeis' five unions representing employees in Facilities, the Brandeis Police, Library Staff, and 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. Lastly, the Unit provides guidance with regard to Brandeis Human Resources and Title IX policies.

Who We Are

Elizabeth Herriott Tierney
Director, Employee & Labor Relations

  • 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 and the administration of the University's Human Resources Policies, including non-discrimination, sexual harassment and progressive discipline as well as applicable state and federal laws.
Cynthia Farquhar
Training Specialist
  • Conducts new hire orientations.
  • Delivers and coordinates employee training and development opportunities including compliance-based training such as Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Non Discrimination Training.
  • Develops and provides ad hoc training opportunities to Faculty and Staff responsive to individual department needs such as search committee trainings.
Deborah Jenkins
HR Business Partner and Sr. Employee Relations Specialist
  • 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 Staff and Faculty 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 HRIS and external consultants as needed to support management in meeting their strategic goals.
  • Conducts employment-related investigations to ensure compliance with Brandeis Human Resources Policies and applicable state and federal laws.
  • Works with supervisory staff and faculty and staff employees 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.