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We are currently seeking an attorney to join our Human Resources Legal Team as a Labor and Employment Counsel reporting to the Chief Labor and Employment Counsel.. This position will also work closely with the Employee Experience team. In this role, you will represent and provide counsel to the Company on all matters related to labor and employment law. You will be an integral part of the Human Resources Legal team as it supports Whirlpool Corporation’s human resources, labor, and employment activities. Bring your ideas, enthusiasm, and passion to a place where you can make a difference.
This is an opportunity to be in a collegial environment where you can work as a trusted business advisor, serve as a member of cross functional teams, interact with others across the organization, and act as a driver of first-class business processes and practices within a dynamic organization. The position is at the Whirlpool Global Headquarters in Benton Harbor & St. Joseph Michigan, located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering a small town lifestyle with the benefits of a spectacular lakefront that serves as a summer resort community.
Applicants must be Licensed to Practice Law in at least one state in the United States and must be a member in good standing with that State bar.
Provide advice and counsel to management regarding compliance with existing labor and employment laws and new legislation
Provide advice and counsel on issues related to the ADAFMLA, USERRA, state and federal wage and hour laws, state and federal employment discrimination statutes, FLSA, equal pay, corporate separateness and contingent workers' issues, affirmative action and diversity, drug-free workplace, NLRA claims, general union relations and contract negotiations, strike support, employee discipline and termination, restructuring, whistleblower laws, wrongful discharge claims, drafting employment agreements and policies, and other labor and employment law matters
Provide representation for the Company before state and federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC, state and local human rights agencies, the Department of Labor, OFCCP, other labor and employment related agencies, as well as in mediations and arbitrations under Company’s local union grievance procedures
Cost-effectively manage employment litigation and interface with outside counsel
Support counseling for employment and labor matters in select countries where Whirlpool does business.
Provide advice and counsel on labor related aspects of mergers and acquisitions
Provide advice and counsel in other business areas and work on legal projects to improve business policies and processes
Support and contribute to HR Legal team's annual objectives,the Company and Human Resource team’s initiatives, and work on continuous improvement of our policies and processes
3+ years experience at a law firm or as in-house counsel with a practice that focuses on labor and employment
Active license to Practice Law in at least one state in the United States.
Proven organizational and management ability
Sound business judgment
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Self-confident, self-directed, solution-focused and collaborative personality
Able to work effectively with all levels of the organization
Demonstrated experience providing legal advice in a highly regulated environment
Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving legal issues quickly and effectively and ability to make on the spot risk calls
Demonstrated experience prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment
Ability to set and meet multiple priorities, initiative to take on new challenges and high energy to work with diverse teams in a fast paced work environment
Significant L&E experience at a law firm, company, or in a government practice with an established labor and employment practice
Experience with class actions
Demonstrated effectiveness in the practice of employment and labor with particular emphasis on NLRA / union issues, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, USERRA, FLSA, and employment-related torts and litigation
Experience with global employment and/or litigation issues
Strong commitment to integrity and professionalism
Strong working knowledge of English language (oral and written)
Internal Number: 35826
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.
At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
Additional information about the company can be found on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.