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Legal Counsel II, Employment
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Legal Counsel II, Employment The candidate will report to the Associate General Counsel, Employment, and be a key member of the Employment team within the Legal Department's Global Ethics, Compliance, and Risk team. Primary responsibilities will involve the provision of legal support on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, as well as a wide variety of general employment law matters. Some aspects of the role responsibilities are global in nature, while others relate specifically to the United States. Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and interface with outside counsel with regard to day-to-day compensation and benefits issues, including stock plan, employee stock purchase plan, sales commission plans, and required public company disclosure issues; 401(k) plan (including fiduciary guidance to its retirement committee), health savings accounts and health and welfare programs; development and updates of policies, plan documentation and communications relating to the company's compensation and employee health and welfare plans and programs and related initiatives; negotiation and documentation of employment, retention and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity. Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and business units and interface with outside counsel with regard to day-to-day general employment law matters, including advice on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations; counsel internal clients on various employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues; and respond to claims and demand letters; research and advise on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas. Work with Human Resources to enhance training programs. Provide thought leadership and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; and develop, revise and implement related policies and training solutions and stay atop of industry developments to help the company be best in class. Provide legal counsel and support with HR-related elements of strategic transactions/acquisitions, including due diligence, especially with regard to employee benefits, compensation plans, and other qualified and non-qualified plan issues; negotiation/drafting of employment-related reps and covenants in M&A deals; and interface with outside M&A and employment counsel on M&A transactions; and pre / post-close implementation.

The candidate must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a U.S. accredited law school with a membership in good standing of at least one State Bar association and 3-7 years of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits subject areas, with preference given to executive compensation experience with a public company; and experience in risk mitigation related to key employee-life cycle events (hiring, retention, and terminations). Must have some experience with M&A and corporate transactions. A mix of law firm and in-house experience is strongly preferred. The ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions is required. Must have strong communication skills (oral and written), with both legal and non-legal professionals, and comfort working in a role requiring utmost discretion and confidentiality. Strong drafting and negotiating skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex projects simultaneously are required. Must be flexible and adaptable - demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others.
 
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