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Senior Legal Counsel, Employment
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Senior Legal Counsel, Employment The candidate will provide advice on a wide variety of general employment law matters. Will report to the Assistant General Counsel & Director, Global Employment and be a key member of the Employment team within the Legal Department's Global Ethics, Compliance and Risk team. Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and other internal stakeholders and interface with outside counsel with regard to general employment law matters. Counsel internal clients on various day-to-day employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues. Advise on employee compensation and benefit matters including compensation plans. Respond to claims and demand letters. Advise on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations. Research and advise on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas. Work with Human Resources to review, create, and enhance training programs. Provide thought leadership and support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Develop, revise and implement employment-related policies and stay atop of industry developments to help the company be best in class. 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. Negotiate and document employment, retention and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity. Manage employment related litigation and coordinate external counsel as needed. 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. Negotiate/Draft employment-related reps and covenants in M&A deals. Interface with outside M&A and employment counsel on M&A transactions and pre / post-close implementation.

The candidate should have a J.D. degree from a US accredited law school and be a member in good standing of at least one State Bar association. Must have 10+ years of experience with 6+ years in risk mitigation related to key employee life-cycle events (hiring, retention and terminations) with preference given to in-house experience with a public international company. Mix of law firm and in-house experience is strongly preferred. Experience with employment related issues in M&A and corporate transactions is desired. Strong drafting and negotiations skills are needed. Occasional travel is required. Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions is an asset. Should ideally be interested in technology, computers, and software.
 
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