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Employee Relations Legal Assistant

Margate, Florida, United States
August 16, 2018

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Denina L. Trimmings, MBA

Margate, FL ***** 786-***-****

Professional Experience


Franchisee for Maaco Auto Body & Wingstop

HR Director, June 2017 – January 2018

Recruited to develop the organization’s human resources program with the focus on compliance and building sustainable processes including onboarding, benefits and employee relations.

Key Results:

Implemented payroll transition reducing 3 payroll systems to 1. Cost savings over $200k per year.

Implemented an electronic onboarding process to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements resulting in $120k in savings

Independently managed employee relations investigations and harassment cases, and implemented ethics hotline and program to reduce legal exposure by $200k.

Increased Worker Opportunity Tax Credit participation from 6% to 95%. Potential credits increased by $60k

Within first 60 days, audited I-9 and ACA processes to reduce expose by $500k.

Developed a new hire benefit process and increased participation 100%

Evaluated benefits’ program to save potential employee and employer premiums by $135k

Streamlined processes and create Standard Operating Procedures within payroll and HR depts. Saving $75k in administrative cost.

Implemented new recruiting module to streamline hiring process and reduce hiring spend by $80k


QSR Wendy’s Franchisee

Benefits Manager, May 2016 – June 2017

Recruited to build the organization’s benefit program to that of an employer of choice. Ensured benefits are compliant with federal and state regulations including ACA, FMLA and DOL standards, while also keeping the organization market competitive.

Key Results:

Evaluated benefits program and addressed contribution models and strategies saving the employee up to 32% on renewal premiums& employer $100k

Collected benchmarking data with recommendations to senior leadership for 401(k) program changes to make the organization more market competitive.

Worked with payroll to alleviate frequent payroll errors in conjunction with benefit processes savings over $60k on missed benefit repayments and costs

Working independently with auditors to complete yearly 5500 filings, saving $50k annually.

Performed audits on various processes including LOA and ACA to ensure they were in line with regulations

Worked to develop the department’s first ticketing system to streamline all employee/benefit matters.

Worked with payroll to streamline processes and create Standard Operating Procedures within dept.


Global QSR Business

Benefits Manager, June 2014- May 2016

Recruited to rebuild the organization’s benefit department, and promoted to strategic team for parent company. Main focus was to ensure benefit programs were compliant with federal and state regulations including ACA, FMLA and DOL standards, while also increasing employee engagement and awareness and understanding of program offerings.

Key Results:

Worked with brokers to source the company’s most cost effective and market competitive health package saving over $400k.

Performed compliance audits on various processes including COBRA, LOA and ACA saving the company $500k in potential infractions.

Developed and executed the company’s open enrollment campaign capturing a new brand as well as focused campaign on the company restaurant population

Completed yearly 5500 filings for both company brands

Created process and executed the first-ever 1095 filing submission saving $20k

Facilitated a 401(k) merger between 2 companies, including the transfer of all assets, and participants.

Facilitated benefit system updates to merge both companies into one platform

Developed a 3-year strategic health and wellness program for US organization.

Administered renewal of medical plans in Spain and Switzerland

Renegotiated renewal rates for accident insurance in Germany saving 10%

Benchmarked mobility policy in US and EMEA (Spain and Switzerland)

Paid trust payables and other duties as needed


Global leader in fire and security solutions.

HR Generalist/Benefit Analyst, April 2012 to June 2014

Recruited to assist with key functions during the organization’s separation and realignment period. Worked in conjunction with different BU’s to carefully align employees and ensure that transition was seamless. Administered new hire orientation, including benefits presentation, and handled general HR workplace issues.

Key Results:

Daily analysis and improvement of various benefit processes including companywide HIPAA certification, Medical, (HSA, HRA, PPO), FSA, Life, STD, LTD, 401k loan and deferral issues, etc. Utilize Six Sigma training as a tool to map and streamline various processes.

Revised job descriptions and benchmarked positions to make positions more market equitable.

Administered and improved Leave of Absence Process

Maintained employee recognition and tuition reimbursement programs.

Organized Health and Wellness Fair for corporate location and employee benefit Onsite Flu Clinic.

Facilitated the company HIPAA certification process.

Facilitated company discount program

Worked closely with Senior Leaders and Communications on Annual Enrollment process.

Professional Experience (continued)


Private law firm specializing in family and elder law in South Florida for over 26 years.

Legal Assistant, October 2010-November 2011

Legal Assistant to Charlotte E. Karlan, a sole practitioner with a high-volume practice, concentrating in quality Family Law. Duties include: schedule hearings, depositions, processes, and applications; prepared legal documents, attorney/judicial relations, and phone screened potential new clients.

Key Results:

prepared and engaged in case development or planning in relation to modifications or initial proceedings

Developed new forms to utilize more efficient case management and record storage


Leading home healthcare company employing more than 5,000 professionals nationwide.

HR Generalist, April 2008 – April 2009

Assisted in guiding the startup and management of a full spectrum of HR operations, systems and programs. Assisted in doubling the size of the HR support team.

Key Results:

Developed and trained recruiting department to increase recruiting volume 100%

Benefits: Administered New Hire Benefit Orientation, processed COBRA, administered open enrollment, processed FMLA, STD and Workers Comp Claims. Processed all 401K transactions.

HR: Partnered in the development and implementation of updated policies and procedures; investigated employee relations issues, and facilitated employee recognition programs.

HRIS: HR System reporting functions providing reports to Executive Staff


Leading health insurance provider servicing Florida and expanding nationwide upon acquisition.

HR Generalist, May 2006- February 2008

Promoted to fulfill a broad range of HR functions, including recruiting, training employees and managers, administering benefits, overseeing disciplinary actions and managing HR records.

Key Results:

Saved company thousands of dollars every month by reducing reliance on employment agencies. Brought formerly outsourced recruiting functions in-house to reduce billable hours.

Assisted with all pension audits including 5500.

Administered new hire orientation

Facilitated employee recognition programs

Developed and administered various human resources policies and procedures; Facilitated new hire orientation program, ethics, diversity, benefits, harassment, HIPAA training

Education & Certifications


Masters Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management - 3.53 GPA


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management - 3.75 GPA

Of Note

Professional Development:

Held 2-15 (Life, Health and Variable Annuity) Insurance License with State of FL

Mentor in Big Brothers & Big Sisters Program

Awards & Recognition:

Top 3 Performer in Burger King’s Performance Excellence Program 2 quarters

Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (National Honor Society)

Computer Skills: SAP, PeopleSoft, ADP, PayCor, Excel, Tableau, Taleo, Windows, PowerPoint, Excel

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