Human Resources Specialist

Yaskawa America

Waukegan, IL


Yaskawa America, Inc. - Drives & Motion Division is a U.S. corporation, created to provide Automation Solutions and Support to our customers in North America, Central America, and South America. Yaskawa is the world's largest manufacturer of AC Inverter Drives, Servo and Motion Control, and Robotics Automation Systems. Products are marketed through direct sales, partners, representatives, dealers, and distributors. Yaskawa America, Inc. - Drives & Motion Division is a wholly-owned corporation of Yaskawa Electric Corporation of Japan. Since 1915, Yaskawa Electric has served the world needs for products to improve global productivity through Automation. We look to hire people who value a positive work culture, want to be part of a winning team, and have a desire to learn and grow. Yaskawa's culture of continuous improvement values hiring individuals that are looking for the opportunity to stretch their current talents and skills to the next level and beyond. If you have a passion for Human Resources, we may have the perfect opportunity for you!

Yaskawa is seeking a Human Resources Specialist to oversee and administer the leave of absence process including leaves falling under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers compensation, state and local statutory leaves, and short-term or long-term disability plans.  Additionally, the Human Resources Specialist will assist the Human Resources Business Partners with recruitment, associate relations and other activities and projects as assigned.

More specifically, The Human Resources Specialist will: 

  • Communicate with Associates regarding their needs for leave and/or modified work schedules. Ensures that Associates are aware of their responsibilities and of any documentation and notice required to qualify for and to take leave.
  • In concert with Yaskawa vendors, manages the leave and/or workers compensation administration process from the Associate initial notice of the need for leave through their return to work.
  • Advises managers and Associates on the interaction of leave laws with paid time off, workers compensation, and short-term and long-term disability benefits.
  • Advises payroll of paid leave and administers other company time-off programs as assigned in accordance with internal policy and applicable laws.
  • Drafts and/or recommends revisions to company leave policies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of leave and accommodation requests in accordance with specified legal requirements and documentation of best practices.
  • Process annual compliance reports such as OSHA, EEO,VETS and California Pay Data 
  • Codes and processes HR department invoices.
  • Coordinate and process service awards, corporate donation requests, author's guild awards
  • Update and manage HR portal content
  • Assists Human Resources Business Partners with projects, recruiting, or events as necessary.

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business Administration or other concentration preferred combined with 1-4 years of HR experience.  The ideal candidate will have UKG or other HCM system experience as well as knowledge of federal, state and local leave laws.

This is a hybrid role working 2-3 days per week in our Waukegan Headquarters or our Oak Creek Manufacturing with 2 days working remotely.

We offer the opportunity to experience the excitement, challenge and rewards of working in an entrepreneurial, fast growing, and industry-leading company where you will be challenged to manage projects and apply your skills to a wide variety of applications.   Some key advantages to working at Yaskawa include a global environment, career opportunities in diverse areas, a highly competitive benefit package, including a generous 401(K) plan, profit sharing, corporate wide bonus plan and educational assistance programs offering up to $10,000 a year for graduate courses.  Yaskawa is an equal opportunity employer.


If the Human Resources Specialist role sounds like a fit for your background and career goals, we would love to hear from you!

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: List the key internal and external professional contacts with whom this position commonly interacts:


Internal (Peers, management personnel, other departments, committees, etc.): 

·       HR Team

·       Organization Associates

·       Payroll

·       Supervisors/managers/executives

External (customers, vendors, trade associations, etc.):

·       Benefits TPAs      

·       Insurance brokers

·       Vendors


JOB PROGRESSIONS: List position(s) that might be the next logical promotion step.

·       Human Resources Generalist

·       Sr. Human Resources Generalist

·       HR Manager