eAppeals allows departments and DHR to increase productivity, streamline business processes and improve HR services through automation of workflows and integration of our enterprise HR systems.
Online appeals collaboration
DHR searched for a solution to replace manual methods and outdated technology. The county’s previous system lacked the ability to track progress or to produce an audit trail; appellants could only check the status of an appeal by contacting DHR professionals directly, which resulted in customer service complaints. The system also had limited security controls and did not integrate with other county applications.
Instead, LA county wanted to offer online appeals submission with an automated interface to support county employees in the 60-day turnaround. Working with trusted solutions provider Nexlogica, the county released eAppeals, an online appeals management system powered by OpenText™ Documentum™ xCP, in the summer of 2016.
The county selected OpenText for its experience, strategy and methodology, according to Marisa Lopez, senior Human Resources manager, Appeals Unit for the County of Los Angeles. Built on the Documentum xCP platform for automating complex processes, eAppeals provides integrated capabilities that speed and ease HR functions, including:
- Online appeal forms and dashboard, https://eappeals.lacounty.gov
- Automated workflow based on business rules
- eNotifications to appellants, departments and appeals staff
- Integrated data validation with county personnel systems
“The interface now is automated, which is a huge benefit,” Lopez noted. Morteza Mostafavi, principal analyst, Human Resources, concurred: “The system is doing the job for us. It’s a workhorse.” He described the new process: A person submits an appeal online and Documentum xCP delivers the appeal to the HR team, sending direct communication to the county department. Skipping the previous email and phone chase, departments then upload necessary documentation directly to the eAppeals system. “For efficiency, it works much better,” Mostafavi noted.
eAppeals consistently communicates with departments across the county. The online system is also available to the CSC to view cases, though fewer are appealed since timely resolution is influenced by Documentum xCP capabilities.
Tracking supports accountability
Documentum xCP allows HR managers to track tasks, workload and case cycle times to ensure action is prompt and in compliance with the 60-day deadline. Users note a heightened sense of teamwork involving the appellant, department and analyst on the case—all contributors work for a rapid response to avoid the time and cost of escalation to the CSC.
Audit trail enhances security
Unlike the previous appeals system, eAppeals provides an audit trail: records show recipients, actions and more with time stamps. Furthermore, the system provides effective controls to manage user access and passwords for confidential cases.
Comprehensive reporting drives results
Generating case summaries and aggregate reports for the entire county or an individual department is fast and easy with Documentum xCP. “We’ve got the ability now to identify by data elements any kind of report for executive management. It’s really quite sophisticated,” Lopez noted. The statistics are used to inform objectives and drive results.
Faster resolution, valuable insights
LA county’s eAppeals system handles more than 98 percent of all appeals; only a small number of applicants prefer paper-based submission.
eAppeals transformed LA County’s appeals system, now centered on automation and intuitive collaboration. “The system’s ease of use and the level of automation means the county will expend less human capital on the mundane process of the appeal and more human capital on the actual analysis and customer service for the appeal,” said Masood.
Efficiencies were gained while ensuring continued compliance with standards for fairness. “The result is an easy-to-use system that facilitates a timelier, more accurate and more thorough vital county function. It is a native digital process end-to-end.”
The system built on Documentum xCP received an enthusiastic response from all stakeholders. In an online-savvy world, appellants love tracking status through a dashboard, reducing calls to the DHR staff. Effective tools and increased productivity boosts morale among the Appeals Unit and department collaborators. Even professionals with the CSC expressed excitement upon receiving training on the new application.
“eAppeals allows departments and DHR to increase productivity, streamline business processes and improve HR services through automation of workflows and integration of our enterprise HR systems,” said Lisa Garrett, director of Human Resources at the County of Los Angeles.