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Foster Farms Legal Department has an exciting opportunity for a labor and employment attorney. Reporting to the SVP and General Counsel, this position provides advice and counsel to the CHRO, Vice President for Human Resources and other Human Resource professionals and business partners in the U.S. This position also provides legal, labor and employment advice related to the company’s strategic initiatives.
This position is located in Livingston, California at the corporate headquarters for Foster Poultry Farms. The attorney will advise on and manage all labor and employment related matters and generally assist the Company in traditional labor matters, including advising on and negotiating the terms of the various collective bargaining agreements, preparing for and conducting any arbitration resulting from labor disputes and the development and interpretation of Company related policies and programs related to represented employees. The attorney also will advise, draft and assist with Company-wide employment policies. This attorney will act with the highest level of integrity and business and personal ethical standards in all aspects of job performance.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Provides in-house legal counsel on labor and employment related matters, which may include, but is not necessarily limited to, human resources issues, wage and hour law, workers’ compensation, unemployment and other state agency claims, labor relations, employee benefits, employment agreements and policy related issues, FMLA and leave of absence matters, employment related litigation, grievances and arbitration.
Keeps up to date on and ensures compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
Participates in and influences the decision-making process with appropriate clients and stakeholders.
Identifies and assesses legal risks and opportunities within the labor and employment area and advises accordingly.
Independently handles legal matters and projects ranging from basic to complex.
Supervises, manages and evaluates outside counsel on employment related matters including litigation.
Educates clients and stakeholders on legal matters, policies and procedures.
Establishes and maintains relationships, credibility and trust with clients, stakeholders, legal team members and other colleagues.
Assists with other legal department matters as required.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.
JD degree from an accredited law school and admitted to practice law in California.
Minimum of seven years of substantive labor and employment law experience with a corporate legal department or a nationally recognized law firm with heavy California law experience.
Extensive experience in handling labor and employment matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.
Experience with counseling clients on labor and employment matters within a manufacturing or agriculture environment.
Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to being a legal business partner to internal clients.
Strong writing skills required.
Strong communication skills required.
Ability to manage heavy workload in a high-pressure environment.
Sound judgment; ability to clearly make reasoned recommendations; ability to cross think and determine who should be kept informed.
Self-starter with good business sense and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness.
Internal Number: REF3507C
About Foster Poultry Farms
Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.
We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.