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Senior Legal Counsel, Employment
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Senior Legal Counsel, 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. Will provide legal support on executive compensation, general compensation, and employee benefits matters. A secondary responsibility will be to support the Associate General Counsel, Employment, in providing advice on a wide variety of general employment law matters. Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and interface with outside counsel with regard to day-to-day compensation and benefits issues, including: the company's stock plan, employee stock purchase plan, sales commission plans, and required public company disclosure issues; the company's 401(k) plan (including fiduciary guidance to its retirement committee), health savings accounts and health and welfare programs; and the company's annual incentive plans. Develop and update policies, plan documentation and communications relating to the company's compensation and employee health and welfare plans and programs and related initiatives. 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; negotiating/drafting of compensation and benefits-related reps and covenants in M&A deals; and interfacing with outside M&A and employment counsel on compensation and benefits issues in M&A transactions; and pre/post-close implementation. Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and business units and interface with outside counsel on day-to-day general employment law matters, including: advising on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations; counseling internal clients on various employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues; responding to claims and demand letters; researching and advising on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas; working with HR to enhance training programs; providing thought leadership and support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; and developing, revising and implementing related policies and training solutions and stay atop of industry developments to help the company be best in class. Negotiate and document employment, retention, and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity.

The candidate must have a J.D. degree from a U.S. accredited law school and be a member in good standing of at least one State Bar association. Must have 7+ years of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits subject areas, with preference given to executive compensation experience with a public company. Some experience with M&A and corporate transactions is required. Should preferably have 7+ years of experience in risk mitigation related to key employee-life cycle events (hiring, retention and terminations). Experience with SEC reporting relating to executive compensation is desired. 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 essential. Strong drafting and negotiating skills are needed.
 
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