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SVP and Employment Counsel
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SVP and Employment Counsel Duties: Collaborates on global employment and ethics matters with internal stakeholders throughout the Company, including Executive and Senior management, HR and all Brand, Function and Regional leadership. Provides global advice and counsel on a broad range of day-to-day employment matters, including terminations, reductions in force, all areas of discrimination, wage and hour issues, employee relations, restrictive covenants, interpretation of employment contracts, inclusion and diversity and employment policies as well as compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Equal Pay Act. Provides global advice and counsel on managing sensitive, complex matters related to employment and ethics. Provides advice regarding employment litigation issues and risk mitigation strategies. Supervises and performs investigations of employee misconduct and recommends and assists in the implementation of appropriate courses of action. Reviews and drafts employment policies, employment related documents, including employment agreements, separation agreements, consulting agreements, offer letters and confidentiality agreements. Manages employment-related litigation, including directing outside counsel, efficient management of employment litigation costs and outside counsel fees. Provides expert review on policies, procedures, employee training and specific cases which may be impacted by legislation or case law development. Reviews and advises on employment and compliance aspects of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Provides legal advice on substantive risks areas including, but not limited to, gift and business entertainment, conflicts of interests and political activities. Evaluates and optimizes an effective global Ethics communication strategy for the organization, including promoting tone at the top, heightening awareness among employees of compliance risks and policies and aligning and educating leadership regarding current and emerging risks and trends. Proactively partner globally with Brands, Regions and Functions to assess risks and identify potential areas of potential employment law and ethics violations vulnerability; develop/implement controls and procedures for avoidance of risk and action plans for resolution of problematic issues; provide ongoing guidance on how to avoid or manage existing and emerging risks. Develop, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the general operation of the Company's Ethics programs and their related activities. Assess and lead Ethics training program in cooperation with HR, Finance and other stakeholders Ensure that red flags, complaints and alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies and procedures are being appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved in a timely and effective manner. Direct the development and drafting, reviewing and implementation of the Code of Conduct and related training as well as employee complaint handling procedures. Responsible for primary functional ownership of the Ethics HelpLine. Lead and develop the Employment Law, Ethics, and Privacy teams, which includes a Vice President Privacy lawyer, 3 Associate Counsel Employment lawyers, 2 junior lawyers, and Ethics Program Manager.

Qualifications: JD Degree and 15+ years of experience in the practice of employment law. Significant executive experience, stature, and overall credibility as a senior lawyer and trusted business advisor; able to communicate and synthesize complex issues crisply, clearly and convincingly.. Demonstrated success in managing and leading teams, as well as a respective Legal practice area. Strong legal knowledge and skills as well as superior critical thinking, analytical, drafting, problem-solving and negotiating skills.. Must demonstrate integrity, excellent legal judgment and business acumen, strong leadership skills, and the ability to play a significant role within the business. Substantial experience in making recommendations to senior executive management and clients on various legal issues. Strong leader and persuasive communicator; proven ability to self-motivate, work independently as well as collaboratively and motivate and inspire a team; excellent writing and verbal presentation skills. Superior influencing skills and the ability to gain the respect of, and build a rapport with, multiple constituencies, both internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to partner effectively with clients in a collaborative environment to achieve objectives.
 
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