Office of Human Resources
Paul E. Pysz, Human Resources Administrator
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
The Office of Human Resources provides administrative human resources support for DEM's 23 programs located in three bureaus which currently (2/27/01) have an authorized count of 489.4 full-time employees and approximately 475 seasonal positions. There are six distinct functions within the Office. These are payroll administration, personnel administration, labor relations administration, equal employment opportunity administration, minority recruitment/internship program, and training.
- Payroll Administration - Tasks associated with this function include: entering data relating to weekly time records for 489.4 full-time and approximately 475 seasonal positions, processing bi-weekly payrolls and paycheck distribution.
- Labor Relations Administration - This unit keeps records of disciplinary actions taken against full-time and seasonal employees and processes all grievances filed by employees. It tracks personnel actions before the Commission for Human Rights, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, the Federal Department of Labor, the Equal Opportunity Office, the Governor's Commission on the Disabled, and federal or state courts.
- Personnel Administration - This unit manages and processes all recruitment responsibilities from the initial vacancy announcements through screening applicants, interviewing, evaluating, placement, and appointments for full-time and seasonal positions.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Administration - There are a variety of responsibilities associated with equal employment opportunity which are undertaken.
- Minority Recruitment/Internship Program - This task involves the management and coordination of the Department's Seasonal Minority Internship Program which is designed to encourage members of minority groups and protected classes to pursue careers in the field of environmental protection.
- Training - Due to past and present budget constraints, the activities of this unit are limited to those required through statutory obligations, union contract, and state rules and regulations. The unit reviews and processes employee requests for incentive credit and tuition reimbursement for courses provided by other institutions. A volunteer Training and Development Committee assists this Office with providing training opportunities.