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Senior Counsel Compliance, Labor & Employment
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Senior Counsel - Compliance, Labor & Employment Duties: Provide advice and strategic support to the Human Resources organization and business leaders across the company on a full range of employment issues, including recruiting, hiring, performance management, re-organizations, terminations, wage and hour, executive compensation and benefits, leaves of absence, internal investigations, diversity programs, employee classification and contingent workforce issues. Serve as the primary point person for the companys global ethics and compliance program, ensuring that the company exercises due diligence and sound internal control to operate with integrity and protect against legal risk. Assist in the development of ethics and compliance policies and procedures and compliance risk assessments. Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. Advise HR with respect to the creation and operation of best in class programs and policies. Educate HR professionals to mitigate risk on key HR responsibilities, including employee relations, employee investigations, compliance with employment laws and regulations, and restructuring. Oversee, with HR, the Companys Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to promote an overall culture of integrity and compliance. Draft employment-related agreements, including employment contracts, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competes and separation agreements. Conduct or manage internal investigations, develop investigation plans, interview witnesses, assess and document findings. Advise HR and other stakeholders on employee data privacy issues. Participate in and influence the decision-making process with appropriate clients and stakeholders. Identify and assess legal risks and opportunities within the labor and employment area and advise accordingly; counsel management and HR on new or pending employment laws, rules and regulations, and industry trends that may impact the company and its operations. Independently handle legal matters and projects ranging from basic to complex; recognizing when to elevate certain matters to the attention of the General Counsel. Supervise, manage and evaluate outside counsel on employment related matters, including litigation. Educate clients and stakeholders on legal matters, policies and procedures. Establish and maintain relationships, credibility and trust with clients, stakeholders, legal team members and other colleagues.

Qualifications: JD degree from an accredited law school and a license to practice law in any state. 5+ years of compliance, labor and employment experience with a corporate legal department or a nationally recognized law firm. Knowledge of Massachusetts and / or California state employment law required. Ability to manage heavy workload in a high-pressure environment; self-starter with good business sense and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness. International employment/labor law experience or exposure; or a willingness to learn international employment law and handle global employment law issues. An effective communicator and relationship builder and a demonstrated ability to persuade and influence others through collaboration across a global, matrixed organization. Sound judgment; ability to make clear and succinct reasoned recommendations; ability work in a matrix environment and determine who should be kept informed. Experience in handling labor and employment matters before federal, state courts and administrative agencies preferred. Risk assessment skills and pragmatic business acumen, with the ability to further develop these attributes over time. Some familiarity with ERISA and benefit plan issues desired, including experience in supporting annual benefit plan audits and assisting internal client groups with researching plan compliance issues and responding to participant inquiries and employee benefit claims/appeals/litigation. Experience with compliance risk assessments and related matters preferred.
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