Maintain records and compile statistical reports concerning personnel-related data such as hires, transfers, performance appraisals, and absenteeism rates. Study legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends. Develop methods to improve employment policies, processes, and practices, and recommend changes to management. Mediate between benefits providers and employees, such as by assisting in handling employees' benefits-related questions or taking suggestions. Formulate policies, procedures and programs for recruitment, testing, placement, classification, orientation, benefits and compensation, and labor and industrial relations. Prepare budgets for personnel operations. Prepare detailed job descriptions and classification systems and define job levels and families, in partnership with other managers. Manage the design and development of tools to assist employees in benefits selection, and to guide managers through compensation decisions. Identify and implement benefits to increase the quality of life for employees, by working with brokers and researching benefits issues. Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations. Administer, direct, and review employee benefit programs, including the integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions. Direct preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits, compensation, and personnel policies. Fulfill all reporting requirements of all relevant government rules and regulations, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Analyze compensation policies, government regulations, and prevailing wage rates to develop competitive compensation plan. Design, evaluate and modify benefits policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive and in compliance with legal requirements.