OVERALL SUMMARY PRIMARY
Provides strategic legal guidance to HR, as well as to senior management on employment and labor law matters; aids in the interpretation of and compliance with applicable local, state and federal HR-related laws and regulations; oversees employment-related litigation, managers investigation; settles employment claims prior to litigation; conducts internal employment-law related training.
Provides Employee Relations team within the Human Resources Department with legal counsel in managing sensitive, complex matters related to employment. Supervises investigations of employee misconduct and recommends and assists in the implementation of appropriate course of action.
Reviews and/or drafts employment policies, employment related documents, including employment agreements, separation agreements, consulting agreements, offer letters and confidentiality agreements.
Oversees employment-related litigation, including drafting position statements, and managing outside counsel.
Monitors and reports on latest employment law trends and developments and provides updates, guidance and training to Human Resources staff. Provides expert review on policies, procedures, employee training and specific cases which may be impacted by legislation or case law development.
Represents the company's interests in claims and proceedings involving, but not limited to, EEOC complaints, wage and hour issues, discrimination issues, unemployment compensation, and worker's compensation.
Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school with top academic credentials; member in good standing of New York Bar.
Between 5 and 10 years of progressively responsible legal experience specializing in employment and labor law at a top level law firm and/or as in-house counsel.
Position requires that the individual be fully versed in current US employment-related laws and legal issues, including but not limited to Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, as well as state and local equivalents in NY and CA, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, reductions in workforce, classification of employees, restrictive covenants, etc.
Strong research and writing skills, experience drafting legal memoranda.
Experience responding to charges of discrimination and harassment and drafting position statements to state and federal governmental agencies. Ability to prepare clear, concise and complete legal documents, reports, correspondence and other communications on complex legal issues.
Experience in drafting and negotiating executive agreements.
Experience developing and providing training with respect to employment law, including anti-harassment training.
Experience conducting internal investigations (e.g. alleged workplace misconduct, violations of the company policy, etc.) is preferred.
Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to influence others; strong execution abilities and the ability to drive results in a collaborative environment.
Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with management and other levels of staff, both verbally and written; strong public speaking and presentation skills.
Requires someone who can operate in a fast paced environment and handle multiple projects under time constraints.
Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality with all Employment/Labor Relation cases.
International employment law experience a plus.
Travel may be required.