Employee Relations

The mission of Employee Relations is to provide professional support and leadership in the management of County human resources.

Employee Benefits Management


Planning and coordination to find and maintain a comprehensive and cost-effective benefits program that is valued by and meaningful to employees and helps retain staff. Includes plan design, contract development, self-insurance fund management, plan administration, employee communication, and coordinating the insurance committee.  For more information, contact Rhonda Laxen at 952-496-8190 or via email.


Employee Compensation Management

Management, analysis, and planning to maintain a pay for performance (merit-based) compensation system that is externally competitive, internally equitable, and helps to attract and retain the talent we need to achieve County goals. Includes strategic planning, implementation, and pay equity. Minn. Stat. 375.60, MN Govt Pay Equity, MN Stat. 179 A (PELRA).  For more information, contact Lori Huss at 952-496-8604 (or via email) or Pam Johnson at 952-496-8107 (or via email).


Employee Health & Wellness

Implement wellness programs to positively influence employee health, reduce absences, and reduces health care claims costs while improving employee engagement and productivity. Includes workplace programs and services to promote healthy lifestyles; workers’ compensation administration; and medical claims review, case management, and health coaching. HIPAA. For more information, contact Cheryl Kollasch at 952-496-8788 or via email.

Employee Performance Management

Performance management (PM) and evaluation is an ongoing communication process carried out between supervisors and employees throughout the year. Employee Relations develops and facilitates the process aimed at continually assessing, recognizing, and improving employee performance.  For more information, contact Lori Huss at 952-496-8604 (or via email) or Pam Johnson at 952-496-8107 (or via email).


Employee Safety

Ensure a safe and productive workplace where employees are provided the necessary equipment and training to perform their jobs safely. Includes all aspects of A Workplace Accident & Injury Reduction Act (AWAIR) and Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) programs activity. Federal and MN OSHA.  For more information, contact Cheryl Kollasch at 952-496-8788 or via email.



Labor Relations Management

Collaborative activity to promote mutual understanding about workplace issues and to engage in respectful working relationships between the County and Employees represented by labor unions. Includes organizational analysis for contract negotiations; contracts administration and oversight; management of investigations, disciplinary action, due process, and grievance management. MN Stat. 179A (PELRA).  For more information, contact Pam Johnson at 952-496-8107 or via email.

Loss Control


Management, planning, and analysis aimed at mitigating exposure to accidents, claims, liability, lawsuits, and the loss of resources. Includes property, casualty, liability, and motor vehicle claims management. For more information, contact Rhonda Laxen at 952-496-8190 or via email.

Workforce Planning & Talent Management


Strategic planning activity to ensure the organization has and will continue to have people with the right skills in the right positions at the right time to efficiently and effectively meet organizational goals and objectives. Includes activity aimed at recruiting, assessing, managing, retaining, and structuring jobs and job duties that utilizes talent to achieve desired objectives and individual career pursuits.  For more information, contact Heather Shue at 952-496-8791 (or via email) or Joan Schwarz at 952-496-8403 (or via email).

Employee Training & Development


Provide training and development programs to grow and develop staff in such areas as safety, technology, professional, leadership, and personal skills; invest in people as a component of business strategy and meeting County service delivery goals. Ensure safe, efficient, and learning-oriented organization and the need for skillsets to continually evolve with the needs of service/business.  For more information, contact Lori Huss at 952-496-8604 or via email.