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The Employee Relation area of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe consists of employee relation managers, employee relation assistants and administrative assistants. The employee relation managers' primary duties consist of advising and coaching management and ensuring that tribal policies and procedures are adhered to. Their staff play key roles supporting the employee relation effort and filling in during absences. Our approach to employee relations is proactive in nature by bringing ER services to the manager rather than waiting until a manager brings an issue to HR. Our ER managers spend about 80% of their time on the floor talking with managers regarding employee/employer issues and concepts.


The Recruitment and Hiring area of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe consists of a director, recruiters and coordinators. By developing a centralized recruitment and hiring area, it has allowed Human Resources to promote and control fairness and consistency with regards to posting, advertising, screening and hiring throughout the tribe. Our recruiters, assisted by the employment coordinators, take a proactive approach to seek and attract potential candidates that will benefit the many departments and programs of our tribe.


The Training and Development area of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe consists of a director, training managers and training instructors. It is this area that will serve a key function in molding and developing both new and seasoned employees into confident and valuable staff members. The training and development area will facilitate new employee orientation, supervisory training, succession planning programs, computer training, and all other training programs developed that generally apply on a tribe-wide basis. The training and development area will also track all on-site and off-site training, and work with departments to assist their development of specialized training.


The Compensation area of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe consists of a director and coordinators. This area will be the most controversial area within HR. The compensation area will be the enforcer of the tribe's performance management compensation program. This area will work closely with the Training and Development area and the Recruitment and Hiring area. Compensation is responsible for position description development, facilitating performance reviews, conducting wage surveys, maintaining our wage grids, positions classification, FLSA exemption testing, facilitating and overseeing the COLA, merit and promotional wage increases.


The Risk Management and Insurance area consists of a director, safety personnel, Workers' Compensation and Property and Liability personnel, and Occupational Nurses and Fringe Benefit personnel. The Risk Management staff provides safety awareness and development of safety practices that make our workplace a safe and comfortable environment. Once again, Risk Management takes a proactive approach to risk exposures and loss prevention. The insurance side of Risk Management is responsible for negotiating premiums with all of our insurance providers. They also facilitate and oversee the fringe benefit enrollment of our employees.


Sometimes it makes more sense and is more cost effective to outsource some of the HR services to outside professionals. With that in mind, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has secured outside services dealing with unemployment insurance and our Employee Assistance Program.