Numerous functions are coordinated and administered by the Human Resources office to fulfill its mission. The personnel policies and procedures adopted by the County Board are administered by the office. Further, the office administers the labor agreements, classification and compensation plans, and performance planning and review programs. Personnel records for each employee are maintained. The office is responsible for verifying and processing all payroll transaction forms and, additionally, the office coordinates the recruitment, selection, orientation, development, transfer, and separation of employees. Employee training, employee job analyses, avoiding unnecessary investigations and litigation, department reorganizations, unemployment compensation, affirmative action, Civil Rights compliance, Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, short-term disability, HIPAA regulations compliance, DOT regulations compliance and ADA compliance are also major functions of the office. In addition, the office coordinates and administers employee benefit programs for all departments. The office is the chief spokesperson for the County during labor negotiations and is responsible for negotiations with 19 County employee bargaining units. The office assists employees in all matters pertaining to the Wisconsin Retirement System. Finally, the office advises the County Executive, County Board, department heads, and employees regarding personnel matters.