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Our client, a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company in New York, is seeking an Associate Director, Employment Counsel to join the Law Department. This attorney will advise internal Human Resources clients and management on all facets of employment law, draft policies and handbooks, manage litigation, and perform a variety of other legal duties as needed. This attorney will report to the Senior Director, Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law.
Provide advice and support on employment law matters to internal business and HR – partnering with HR Generalist/Business Partner to work through difficult employee relations matters.
Counsel HR and business clients on performance improvement plans, terminations and other employment actions.
Set strategies with HR and work with the Senior Director, Assistant General Counsel,
Employment Law to oversee outside counsel on lawsuits and other relevant matters.
Prepare responses to administrative agency charges.
Draft and negotiate, if needed, employment related agreements and policies in collaboration with HR.
Advise on issues related to non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants.
Advise and establish strategies for preventative measures as a core practice for leaders and employees as appropriate.
Advise HR and management on new employment laws and best practices.
Investigate and respond to demand letters and other employment-related complaints.
Collaborate with Compliance in connection with investigations of employment-related compliance matters.
Provide advice on employment law matters arising in benefits matters, corporate transactions and reorganizations.
Provide advice on employment law matters outside of the U.S.
Conduct relevant employee training.
Requirements: Education and Experience
BA/BS and JD with excellent law school credentials
At least 5+ years legal experience in a law firm with a heavy focus on employment law representing management
Licensed to practice law in New York or be eligible for licensure as a registered in-house counsel
Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.
Experience providing advice and counsel on workplace law issues, including employee relations, compensation, mitigation of risk, accommodations, and employment-related policies is also required.
Ideal candidate should have extensive employment litigation experience including taking/defending depositions, drafting pleadings and should be capable of working independently.
Experience with Ireland legal issues or non-US employment issues a plus.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional communication skills, including presentation capabilities, interpersonal skills and conflict resolution.
Ability to assess risk and balance company and employee needs in a manner consistent with company culture.
Managerial courage (the ability to take a stance, ask difficult questions) .
Excellent negotiation skills requiring exceptional interpersonal communication and oral and written communication skills.
Ability to persuade with verbal and written communications involving multiple key client groups.
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