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CIT Bank, N.A., a leading national middle market bank, is seeking an experienced Employment Counsel to work within the Company’s busy in-house Law Department supporting the bank and its affiliates within the CIT Group Inc. family of companies. The position will assist and report to the Chief Employment Counsel and will not have any direct reports. The position will be located in Pasadena, California.
Function as an employment law subject matter expert • Ensure company compliance with all applicable employment, compensation, benefit, immigration and workers’ compensation laws • Provide practical, business-oriented and legally sound advice to Human Resources, management and other stakeholders on all aspects of the employment relationship including recruiting and hiring practices; background checks; compensation and benefits; restrictive covenant agreements; wage and hour; reasonable accommodations; leaves of absence; performance management; discipline; termination, restructurings, reductions-in-force and severance; appropriate classification of employees, independent contractor and other contingent workers; and mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and integrations • Develop, draft and implement a variety of workplace policies, employee training and employment-related templates and agreements (including offer letters and other onboarding documents; confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; retention, transition, separation and settlement agreements), in collaboration with Human Resources and other functions as appropriate • Oversee, direct and provide advice with respect to internal investigations concerning employee policy violations and complaints of discrimination, harassment, bullying, workplace violence, retaliation, breach of contract, constructive dismissal and other employment-related claims • Investigate, negotiate and resolve pre-litigation claims and administrative charges, and serve as subject matter expert for employment litigation matters • Manage workers’ compensation matters, including overseeing and strategizing with third-party claims administrator and outside counsel • Oversee immigration matters • Develop and adhere to outside counsel budget and strategize with and manage outside counsel • Achieve business-oriented objectives and cost-effective solutions while mitigating legal risk • Perform other duties as requested
A degree from an accredited law school and excellent academic record
Admission in good standing to the Bar of the State of California
A minimum of five years’ experience dedicated to the practice of employment law counseling and litigation handling the responsibilities outlined above, preferably at a large law firm or employment law boutique; in-house employment law experience a plus, but not required
Detailed knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws, with emphasis on California state and local law
Familiarity with compensation, benefits, immigration and workers’ compensation laws
Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, analytical, leadership and project management skills
High performance standards and attention to detail
Strong legal and business judgment, exceptional integrity and unflappable demeanor
Proven ability to work collaboratively with and influence others at all levels of the organization, maintain position even in the absence of broad-based support, and deliver practical, creative, business-oriented, legally compliant and timely advice
Ability to organize, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, handle high pressure situations, meet short deadlines and maintain confidentiality
Team player who consults with and reports to the Chief Employment Counsel and others as required
Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $65 billion in assets. Its principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A., (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender) has more than $30 billion of deposits and more than $40 billion of assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services principally to middle market companies across a wide variety of industries primarily in... North America, and equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation sector. It also offers products and services to consumers through its Internet bank franchise and a network of retail branches in Southern California, operating as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A.