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Senior Counsel/assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment
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Senior Counsel/Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment Duties: Hands-on management of labor and employment claims and matters, including meditations, arbitration and litigation. Investigating and responding to attorney demand letters. Initiating, researching and drafting pleadings, discovery requests and responses, briefs, and internal memoranda. Obtaining and defending depositions and conducting other discovery. Preparing witnesses for depositions, hearings, arbitration and trials. Drafting settlement and separation agreements. Responding to subpoenas relating to current and former employees. Staying current with new legal developments, trends and innovations. Providing labor and employment-related legal advice and counsel to the company s Human Resources professionals and company management. This responsibility includes legal research and oral and written advice on a broad range of employment and labor law issues, e.g., terminations and discipline, reorganizations, reductions in force, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, wage and hour considerations, compensation plans, harassment and discrimination investigations and outcomes. Participating in investigations in collaboration with HR. Developing and delivering training and development to employees on employment matters. Reviewing and drafting company employment-related policies and manuals and employee communications. Identifying and developing appropriate compliance strategies to ensure company-wide compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements for the HR function and for other company functions as needed. Providing labor law advice and counsel. Developing templates and processes.

Qualifications: JD Degree degree from a top law school. Admitted to the California bar and in good standing. 7-15 years of experience in labor and employment counseling and/or mediation, arbitration and litigation. Previous in-house experience is a plus as is previous experience with maritime-specific employment issues. Experience directly handling and conducting employee mediation, arbitration and litigation (not solely through the management of outside counsel). Expertise in labor and employment law with specific experience in the maritime industry a significant plus. Ability to determine and understand the company s objectives and risk tolerance and to incorporate the information in making legal decisions. Knowledge of and ability to analyze effect of company policies on business activities. Ability to maintain professional demeanor and focus on objectives in confrontational negotiations. Clearly articulate ideas, opinions, and information, in spoken and written form. Autonomy; work effectively with minimal supervision. Close attention to detail. Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with maturity and professionalism. Friendly, upbeat, with a great attitude and willingness to learn. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels.
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