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Senior Employment Counsel
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Senior Employment Counsel The candidate will report directly to the General Counsel and partner regularly with Human Resources and other Legal Team members to provide employment related legal services. Provide legal support, including, day-to-day employment counseling on a wide variety of matters, wage and hour compliance support, immigration matters, benefits support, and risk management guidance. Provide legal support on other matters and projects covered by the Legal Team. Develop the position of the employment law function within the Americas region (US, Canada, Mexico and LATAM) as a strategic adviser, building engagement with the HR leadership team and business partners. Provide expert, ethical and pragmatic advice on a wide range of employee relations matters, including disciplinary issues, benefits and policy compliance. Proactively identify arising risk areas and work with the business to develop risk mitigation solutions. Manage all formal and informal employment related claims and litigation. Develop and deliver necessary legal training to the business. Support HR policy development and roll out and create and maintain relevant precedents. Draft and negotiate employment contracts and settlement agreements Ensure awareness and compliance with federal, state and local labor and employment laws throughout the Americas Region. Manage external counsel where appropriate, ensuring compliance with the cost management processes.

The candidate should have 7 years of employment law experience at a law firm or in-house required; a combination of law firm and in-house experience is strongly preferred. Experience in managing matters with a cross-border and foreign jurisdiction element, and managing external legal counsel is required. Experience in developing policies and procedures for ensuring corporate compliance is also required. Must have excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact, and professionalism in dealing with internal clients and colleagues and external agencies and counsel. Spanish or French language skills a plus. Good awareness of the role of Legal in business decisions and the ability to actively contribute in the taking of those decisions is needed. A sound understanding of all aspects of employment law and an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a commercial environment is necessary. Must have a high degree of organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to manage multiple, complex projects when necessary. The ability to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with business partners at all levels across the enterprise as well as with colleagues on the Legal team is a must.
 
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