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The Guaranteed Rate Companies, which includes Guaranteed Rate Inc., Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, and Proper Rate, LLC, has more than 8,000 employees in over 700 offices across the U.S. Headquartered in Chicago, Guaranteed Rate Inc. is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, funding $37 billion in 2019. Founded in 2000 and licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Guaranteed Rate Companies has helped homeowners nationwide with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates and delivering unparalleled customer service. 2017 marked the launch of Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. In 2020, the Company launched Proper Rate, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate and @properties, one of the nation's largest residential brokerage firms. Collectively, the companies have earned honors and awards including: HousingWire’s 2020 Tech100 award for the company’s industry-leading FlashClose SM technology; Top Lender for Online Service for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2019; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent Magazine; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Online Mortgage Lender, Best Mortgage Lender for VA loans and Best Conventional Mortgage Lender by NerdWallet in 2019. Visit rate.com for more information.
Guaranteed Rate is building a winning team to reinvent the mortgage experience through innovation, technology and a relentless focus on providing industry-leading mortgage products and superlative customer service. You will embrace and support these efforts by providing practical labor & employment advice to business clients and by pursuing and defending labor & employment claims through negotiation, arbitration or litigation. You will also work closely with Guaranteed Rate’s Human Resources department to accomplish the Company’s workplace objectives. You will be expected to work independently, solve problems creatively, prioritize tasks and matters, exercise business judgment, and operate with a sense of urgency to get things done. You will work closely with Company leadership, support all levels of management and will be expected to provide day-to-day advice on a variety of labor & employment matters.
Support and counsel HR on federal and state labor and employment issues, including without limitation wage & hour, leave of absence and accommodations, employee classification, alleged retaliation, whistleblower issues, and employee benefits.
Provide legal, strategic, and business guidance to HR with respect to recruiting/talent acquisition, voluntary and involuntary terminations, internal investigations, compensation and rewards, and learning and development.
Support HR with draft employment and separation agreements.
Review and update employment policies, including the Company’s employee handbook, and implement procedures and other controls to ensure compliance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws.
Counsel HR and Company management on relevant changes in the law, including state and local laws and regulations that impact operations.
Represent the Company before state and federal agencies and in arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
Draft and respond to cease and desist letters and demand letters.
Negotiate and resolve pre-litigation disputes.
Engage and manage outside counsel for required expertise and more complex employment litigation matters.
At least 6 years of labor and employment experience, including labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Excellent working knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (including ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, etc.).
Excellent grasp of emerging state-law trends including with respect to “ban the box” and fair hiring laws, equal pay legislation, laws targeting arbitration agreements, etc.
Experience litigating restrictive covenant matters will be a significant advantage.
Prior financial services or real estate industry experience, especially mortgage transactions and regulatory experience, will also be a significant advantage.
Positive, team-first attitude.
Can-do, “roll up your sleeves” mindset.
Sound business judgment and ability to strike right balance between legal risks and business goals.
Willingness to learn the business and build strong relationships with internal stakeholders.
Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.
Clear, concise and persuasive oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work constructively, collaboratively and cross functionally.
J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school.
Licensed to practice law in Illinois. Bar membership in additional states, especially California, is a plus.
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About Guaranteed Rate
Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has more than 5,000 employees in over 700 offices across the U.S., and is licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded more than $37 billion in loans in 2019 alone. The Company has cemented itself as the Home Purchase Experts® by introducing innovative technology, such as the world's first Digital Mortgage, by offering low rates and by delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include: “Top Lender for Online Service” for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2018; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Overall Online Lender and Best Lender for FHA Refinance by NerdWallet in 2018. Visit rate.com for more information. NMLS # 2611
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