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Jul 2010Present

Sr. Human Resources Representative

DRI Companies
  • Administer all company benefit programs including medical, dental, vision, life, FSA, 401(K) plan, COBRA and employee discounts
  • Work closely with brokers and account managers to reconcile monthly billing, resolve employee coverage issues and facilitate the enrollment process
  • Coordinate Open Enrollment meetings at all locations (English and Spanish), prepare material and enroll/make changes to all eligible employees
  • Manage payroll for all administrative hourly and salary employees
  • Review and process garnishments, child support orders, levies and income withholding orders
  • Administer and monitor Leave of Absence program (FMLA, STD, PFL, Personal)
  • Participate in the recruiting process by posting job ads, conducting interviews, reference checks, employment background checks, offer letters, etc.
  • Review and conduct investigations concerning employee relations issues including termination, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, discrimination, etc.
  • Respond to employee verifications in writing, UI claims, disability claims etc.
  • Maintain all employee changes in ERP (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne)
Aug 2009Mar 2010

Human Resources Generalist

  • Prepared severance packages and final checks for exiting employees
  • Conducted exit interviews, analyzed data and prepared reports for senior management
  • Worked closely with VP Human Resources to notify officials of permanent plant shutdown per WARN Act
  • Organized outplacement event hosted by a Rapid Response composed of various representatives from city, county, and state agencies to inform employees of services and programs available
  • Gathered and uploaded all enrollment information into carrier systems (i.e., Delta BMT and Delta GEM)
  • Conducted open-enrollment meetings for Los Angeles facilities
  • Communicated with ADP representatives to setup new pre-tax deduction codes in payroll system
  • Responsible for payroll of exempt, non-exempt, and union employees
  • Supported 150+ employees as regional HR representative
  • Interacted with counterparts/managers/VP’s to discuss payroll, HR goals, benefits and compensation, and planning of indefinite plant shutdowns
  • Reviewed, investigated and responded to UI claims
Sep 2008Aug 2009

Human Resources Administrator

  • Participated in open-enrollment meetings and enrolled all eligible employees
  • Reconciled monthly invoices for all cafeteria plans and monthly COBRA reports
  • Acted as liaison between employee and insurance carriers to resolve coverage issues
  • Maintained Labor Law Posters/Notices
  • Administered and tracked AB1825 training
  • Conducted job analysis and created job descriptions for manufacturing positions
  • Established a new hire orientation training program
  • Conducted employment authorization via E-Verify
  • Communicated internal policies as initial contact for all HR and benefit related questions Researched and implemented interoffice mail program resulting in a 19% cost savings
  • Administered company benefits programs including medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short termdisability insurance, COBRA, leaves
  • Coordinated workers’ compensation insurance coverage including liaison with carrier on all claims investigations and with supervisors on compliance issues
  • Assisted in employee selection process, coordinated help wanted advertising, screened interviews, and conducted background checks within statutory guidelines
  • Compiled various insurance-, staffing-, and payroll-related reports for senior management
  • Assisted with investigations relating to sexual harassment and other employee relations issues
  • Responded to all requests for personnel records, insuring that these were produced according to statutory restrictions
  • Researched and established an employee discount program for admission to amusement parks, movies, theater, etc
Jan 2008Sep 2008

Human Resources Coordinator

Bally Total Fitness

  • Resolved employee issues via National HR & Payroll Hotline
  • Coordinated background checks for entire West Coast Region
  • Updated HRIS on all personnel changes
  • Participated in the recruitment process – conducted phone interviews, scheduled interviews and performed reference checks
  • Maintained personnel files for West Coast Region
  • Administered leave of absences and maintained log of expected return dates
  • Advised managers regarding corrective action policy
  • Evaluated rehire/transfer requests submitted for approval by club managers
  • Completed WC forms with employees and submitted to insurance company
  • Investigated unemployment claims, separation reasons, and prepared witnesses for hearings
  • Prepared and verified new hire packets were properly completed
  • Conducted employment verification for over fifty clubs and maintained I-9’s for Western Region
  • Assisted HR Director in conducting internal investigations
Nov 2003Mar 2008

Legal Assistant

Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr.
  • Reported new personal injury and WC claims to insurance companies and filed all necessary documents
  • Scheduled vehicle inspections and referred injured clients to treating facilities
  • Prepared and mailed settlement packages to insurance companies
  • Trained new employees on office procedures and case management system
  • Interviewed new clients and explained the case management process
  • Developed new workflow procedure that decreased duration of open cases an average of 14 days


Mar 2009Dec 2009

  • Enrolled in MBA prerequisite courses
Sep 2002Mar 2008

Bachelor of Arts

California State University
  • Option in Pre-Law and Minor in Law & Society
  • Member of Pre-Law Society and Sigm Alpha Epsilon

Professional Affiliations

Professionals in Human Resources Association

2009 - Present, Member


Donna Peterson

"I participated with Edward on two or three group projects at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a true team player, one that I would want on my team, whether it be at school or in the workplace."

Manuel Burrola, Jr.

"Edward is a great asset to the company and HR Department. He is by far one of my strongest hires and continues to prove so. I work very closely with him as he serves as a business partner to not only myself and my Recruiting staff but to the entire Western Region for the Company. He is very prompt, reliable, proactive, extremely professional and handles the strong demand of his job excellently. He can be counted on to handle any task or project thrown at him with the utmost dilligence and confidence that it will get done right the first time."

Pedro Cariaga

"Edward is someone I admire both personally and professionally. He has the ability to go above and beyond to meet expectations. An asset to any organization, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him."

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Human Resources Professional with 5 years broad based experience in unionized and non-unionized environments including retail, services, manufacturing and construction industries. An analytical, dependable and results oriented professional who thrives in a deadline-driven environment and successfully completing new challenges. Flexible and versatile with personable skills able to effectively communicate and work with employees at all levels.


Employee Relations - Investigations
Interviewing Skills
Presentation Skills
ADP PC/Payroll
ADP Enterprise
Microsoft Excel
Kronos Timekeeper