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Senior Counsel, Employment Law
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Senior Counsel, Employment Law Duties: Lead the global employment function of the Mattel Law Department. Support a wide range of business clients within Mattel while focusing on employment advice and litigation, employee training, and internal investigations. Responsible for an extensive and varied employment practice, interacts regularly with C-level executives, and will be based at Corporate Headquarters. will be responsible for assisting the Law Department and the Human Resources Department (including all levels of Human Resources business partners and the Chief People Officer) to ensure compliance with all applicable employment laws and regulations. Serve as the key legal advisor on all significant labor and employment law and employee relations matters; Provide legal, strategic and business advice and support to the Law Department and Human Resources Department on day-to-day employee relations matters and compliance, including: recruiting, hiring, and compensation; employee discipline, performance management, terminations, and restructurings; anti-discrimination, harassment prevention, and non-retaliation; federal and state wage-hour compliance; leaves of absence and workplace accommodations; and internal investigations of potential violations of Company policy; Evaluate and communicate legal risks associated with complaints, grievances, charges, and other legal matters; Handle pre-litigation claims, settlement negotiations and mediations, and federal and state litigation, including management of outside counsel where support is needed; Defend and represent the Company in matters before federal and state agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), NLRB, EEOC, DOL, and others; Manage outside counsel to efficiently deliver legal services, and oversee outside counsel staffing, case strategy, and budgets; Work to minimize legal exposure by proactively reviewing existing practices, forms, contracts, and policies regarding employment matters, while considering business objectives and practicalities; Draft policies, procedures, handbooks, and agreements (e.g., offer letters, confidentiality agreements, separation agreements, and settlement agreements), and prepare legal documents, memoranda and other forms of communication regarding transactional or legal advice; Develop training materials and provide training on employment law issues and employment-related policies and practices to Human Resources professionals and other employees; Provide legal counsel to executives and senior/ middle management on changes in the law and complex legal issues that may have a significant impact on Company facilities and operations; and Support the Ethics & Compliance function by working with others in the Mattel Law Department, Human Resources, internal audit, and others in connection with: investigations of and responses to compliance issues raised by internal and external sources, including EthicsLine reports; company-wide training programs, and; communications to employees.

Qualifications: JD Degree from an accredited law school and strong academic credentials. Bar Admission in California strongly preferred. 12+ years of experience as an employment Attorney. In-house experience strongly preferred. Experience managing outside counsel and legal budgets preferred. Broad and deep employment law knowledge; ability to readily advise on the wide variety of employment law issues that arise in a complex, global corporate environment. Ability to identify and analyze complex issues and evaluate their broader implications for the business; interact with clients at all levels; provide timely, practical, legal advice and solutions; and communicate effectively in person and in writing. Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and take ownership of issues and matters to their successful conclusion. Exemplary leadership and organization skills, including program and project management, prioritization and time management. Preference to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Ability and willingness to develop expertise in other topics to meet the needs of a dynamic business and Law Department. Demonstrated integrity and ability to foster a compliance culture.
 
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