HR Generalist (Leaves and Accommodations) at KeHE Distributors

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Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The Corporate Human Resources department has an immediate opportunity for a Human Resources Generalist to join the talented and high performing Human Resources Operations Excellence team. This position's work type is hybrid, with the expectation to work out of our Naperville, Illinois office no more than two (2) days each week. This position reports directly to the Human Resources Compliance Manager. Under general supervision, the primary responsibility for the Human Resources Generalist will be to oversee the leaves of absence program for all employees in the Company.

We are seeking a driven, creative HR professional with an extraordinary attention to detail, superb organizational skills, broad/generalist Human Resources knowledge and deep understanding of leave management laws and processes.

Accountabilities are accomplished through working collaboratively with various Human Resources teams to foster an environment consistent with KeHE's Culture, Mission and Values.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with our third-party leave administrator and Human Resources Business Partners to effectively manage the Company-wide Leaves of Absence program (e.g. Family Medical Leave, Company-sponsored leaves, Military and Workers' Compensation).
  • Serve as a Leaves of Absence and Accommodations (ADA) subject matter expert and provide consultation and coaching to Human Resources Business Partners.
  • Provide accurate and timely consultation to employees prior to their leave of absence regarding leave policies, appropriate leave protections, use of paid time off, and other employer benefits.
  • Provide employees with initial documentation regarding their leave of absence, which includes the Leaves of Absence process and next steps, and state specific notices, as applicable.
  • Works in conjunction with Corporate Payroll, Benefits, and Workers' Compensation teams to coordinate and communicate benefits to leadership and employees.
  • Investigate and partner with our third-party leave administrator on escalated issues as appropriate.
  • Coordinates the employee's return to work among all parties on a need-to-know basis.
  • Provide routine and ad-hoc reports and analysis to leadership and Human Resources Business Partners on leaves of absence activities, trends, and other related issues.
  • Maintains current knowledge of and ensures compliance with all federal, state and local laws applicable to leaves of absence, including their interaction with ADA/ADAAA.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality in verbal and written communications.
  • Assist with and complete special projects on an as needed basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management or a related field is preferred or a combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2-4 years generalist Human Resources experience.
  • Minimum 1-year experience in leave management.
  • Have a deep understanding of FMLA, ADA/ADAAA, and nationwide statutory leaves laws.
  • Proficient in a Human Capital Management system is a must; Experience with UKG Pro (UltiPro) is a plus.
  • Proficient in MS Excel (e.g. pivot tables and vlookups, etc.) a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure and handle multiple highly sensitive issues and competing priorities.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and influence others while working in a cross functional environment

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.


  • Contribute and support to the overall goals of the Human Resources Operations Excellence team.
  • Capability of prioritizing and handling multiple projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints.
  • Able to work effectively with peers, region and corporate leadership, and the Corporate/Commercial Sales/Operations teams in a productive, collaborative environment coupled with the ability to be decisive is needed.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.

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Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking | 100% Remote work for most IT jobs, otherwise "Hybrid"

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.


Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
-Company-paid STD policy at 60% of weekly earnings -Company-paid LTD at 50% of weekly earnings
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 Medical Options: - BCBS Health Care Plan (Full FSA allowed) - BCBS Health Savings Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed) - BCBS Value Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed Company pays majority of premium
Life Insurance
Company-paid policy 1.5 x annualized salary.
Wellness Programs
-Virgin Pulse (Opportunity to earn up to $300 incentive yearly. -Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych -Free biometric screenings
Mental Health Benefits
-Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
KeHE may match charitable contributions for our "KeHE Cares" partners for special circumstances.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
For corporate and sales, we offer in-office flex, hybrid, and 100% remote opportunities that are position-specific.
Remote Work Program
A select number of positions in corporate and sales offer the ability to work 100% remote.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to FMLA, KeHE offers an additional 12 weeks of medical leave (unpaid) with supporting medical documentation.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Monthly earnings of $20-60/mo. for remote positions meant to subsidize cell phone and/or internet coverage.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
In addition to the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, KeHE also provides you with the opportunity to share in the company’s financial success through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. KeHE will make contributions on your
behalf to the ESOP. You do not contribute any of your own money.

ESOP Highlights:
• The plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to share in the profitability and growth of KeHE and to earn additional income for retirement.
• The plan provides a stake in the company’s success.
• The ESOP is not directly affected by the ups and downs of the stock market.
• What we do each day and how the company performs directly impacts the ESOP.

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