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Corporate Counsel - Benefits
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Corporate Counsel - Benefits Responsibilities: Provides legal services to the company's human resources department, finance department, senior management, and operating business managers. Acts as a subject matter expert for the legal function, with an emphasis on providing specialized legal and regulatory advice to the human resources department with respect to welfare benefit plans, retirement plans, compensation and total rewards programs, related corporate contracts and benefits related tax matters and regulatory compliance for employment, benefit, welfare, Affordable Care Act, ERISA and HIPAA matters, including reviewing and advising on corporate benefit plans, corporate employment policies and corporate policies and procedures designed to facilitate compliance with applicable employment, benefit and welfare laws and regulations. Monitors developments, including proposed legislation and court decisions related to compensation and benefits, and evaluates impact on operations and makes recommendations on changes to policies and processes to enhance compliance and meet business objectives. Serves as advisor to the company's administrative committee for certain benefit plans. Conducts legal research and applies research to business objectives and can communicate the analysis in an easily understood and actionable manner. Identifies legal risks and designs plans to mitigate and prevent legal risks consistent with business objectives. Drafts, reviews, and negotiates a variety of HR-related agreements and documents and continuously seeks ways to improve the forms, processes, or systems involved. Prepares and delivers training, memorandums, presentations and communications to employees, management, executives, or other members of the Legal Department on legal matters. Collaborates on complex projects and supports others in the Legal Department (i.e., attorneys across the Legal Department) to provide meaningful and practical advice and recommendations to clients. Negotiates with outside parties on contractual issues, including negotiating key contract terms. Works collaboratively with outside counsel and internal partners to resolve legal disputes in a manner which serves the needs of the business while preserving brand reputation. Monitors industry trends and benchmarks to ensure Company approaches to employee benefits offerings keep pace with market changes. Develops collaborative relationships with regulatory agencies to foster partnerships which enhance the Company's compliance posture. Responds to inquiries from regulatory agencies, government actors, and other third parties regarding Lowe's benefits and compensation compliance. Serves as an advisor to the Legal Department Litigation Team regarding ERISA matters and litigation related to the Company's benefits and compensation programs.

Qualifications: Master's Degree in Law and/or Juris Doctor degree. Active state Bar member in good standing of at least one U.S. jurisdiction. 6+ years of relevant experience in a top-tier law firm or a mixture of relevant experience in a top-tier law firm, corporate legal department setting, and/or government agency. 3+ years of demonstrated proficiency in one legal functional area. 1+ years of direct experience with public company legal issues, processes, and procedures. Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and exposure to legal issues encountered by a multi-national retailer. Financial literacy, including basic understanding of project finance, accounting, and tax issues. Career track of progressive, documented accomplishments with broad diversity of experiences.
 
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