Employee Relations Services

………. Creating a positive work environment by assisting employees in understanding policies and in effectively using internal procedures.

The Employee Relations Services focuses on promoting good management practices and workplace behaviors, positive working environment and relationships, and on complying with Human Resources Policies and Procedures.

The Employee Relations Services is designed to assist individuals and departments on how to work through problems and differences to make the work environment more positive, enjoyable and less stressful. For further questions please contact Maria Herrera (Employee Relations Administrator), mdherrera@pvamu.edu or 936-261-1730.

We are here to…

  • Assist employees  in understanding  policies and in effectively using internal procedures.
  • Offer advice to supervisors and employees regarding employment-related matters
  • Provide confidential consultation regarding workplace issues
  • Facilitate dialogue on employee/employer issues
  • Oversee and conduct training and development initiatives on HR policies
  • Coordinate procedures on employee grievances
  • Coordinate investigative procedures on administrative complaints

Complaints & Appeals

Employees may present complaints and grievances concerning their wages, hours of work, or conditions of work. An employee presenting a complaint or grievance should identify the basis of the complaint, including specific facts, desired results and relevant documents or other information pertinent to the matter. Further details can be seen in System Policy 32.01 (Employee Complaint and Appeal Procedures), System Policy 32.01.01 (Complaint and Appeal Procedures for Faculty Members), and System Policy 32.01.02 (Complaint and Appeal Process for Nonfaculty Employees).

Complaint and Appeal Process for Faculty Members

Complaint and Appeal Process for Non-faculty Employees

Disciplinary/Corrective Action

All employees are expected to maintain standards of performance and conduct that is suitable and acceptable in the work environment. Disciplinary action, including dismissal, may result due to unsatisfactory work performance and/or for unacceptable conduct. When an employee’s performance or behavior appears to be in violation of University policy, please consult with the Office of Human Resources prior to proceeding with any disciplinary action. Involuntary terminations of non-faculty employees must be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources. Details can be seen in System Policy 32.02 (Discipline and Dismissal of Employees).

Discipline and Dismissal of Non-faculty Employees

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program is a voluntary program that provides professional, confidential counselling to help individuals bring their life into better balance, when day-to-day activities are interrupted by stress. The EAP provides useful information as a proactive corrective approach is available to employees and supervisors. Referrals for the EAP can be made through Maria Herrera (Employee Relations Administrator), mdherrera@pvamu.edu or 936-261-1730.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodation

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. An employee who requires a reasonable accommodation should inform their supervisor. Departments can find support for responding to accommodation requests by contacting Maria Herrera (Employee Relations Administrator), mdherrera@pvamu.edu or 936-261-1730.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Disability Services at Prairie View A&M University.

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