Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment – Atlanta

  • Full Time
  • Atlanta
  • Applications have closed

Coca-Cola

Location(s):

United States of America

City/Cities:

Atlanta

Travel Required:

Relocation Provided:

Job Posting End Date:

May 2, 2021

Shift:

Job Description Summary:

The Coca-Cola Company is seeking a Senior Labor and Employment attorney to be based in Atlanta, Georgia. The successful candidate will be a proactive, collaborative, practical, and dynamic member of the Employment Law Practice Circle and will be responsible for delivering top quality strategic and cost-effective legal advice and solutions to the business while minimizing legal risks and reputational harm to the company. This role will proactively support the companys business operations, drive continuous improvement of the companys legal and business processes, partner with Human Resources, global Operating Unit Counsel, Employee Relations, and other Centers of Excellence to develop effective risk mitigation strategies. The role will manage (through outside counsel) employment-related litigation, class actions, charges of discrimination, conduct trainings and lessons learned to the business, and will have responsibility for providing day-to-day legal guidance and counseling on a wide variety of employment matters to internal clients and stakeholders.

What Youll Do for Us

  • Independently and with little direct oversight, provides counsel to, and works closely with, Human Resources on a broad range of employment matters, including recruiting, hiring, leave and accommodation, benefits, compensation, Employee Relations, restrictive covenants, discipline, terminations, compliance matters (including wage and hour), and strategies for managing risk around employment matters.
  • Fosters compliance with a wide range of employment laws and regulations, including but not limited to, DOL, Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, WARN, NLRA and other federal/state/local employment laws and regulations, such as those related to wage and hour matters and personnel record retention. Develops and participates in training and educational presentations.
  • Has a working knowledge of and familiarity with consultative process of European Works Councils and a companys obligations under the U.N Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international conventions.
  • Coordinates with Human Resources to recommend, implement, and continuously improve employment-related policies and procedures.
  • Assists Human Resources and Employee Relations with internal investigation regarding employee matters and employee grievances. Recommends and helps implement appropriate remedial actions.
  • Investigates and manages charges of discrimination and other complaints filed against the company with regulatory agencies. May prepare position statements and other responses for filing with agencies, prepares witnesses, and participates with on-site investigations.
  • Independently responds to and resolves pre-suit demands and attorney letters.
  • Drafts and negotiates offer letters, severance agreements, settlements, terminations, and other employment-related agreements. Supports the continuous improvement of process and standard form agreements/contract templates, to maximize efficiencies, while providing adequate safeguards.
  • Partners with Labor Relations to drafts, negotiate, and interpret collective bargaining agreements with unions and provides guidance on unionized workforce matters.
  • Evaluates and monitors changing and emerging employment laws and worker classification issues and effectively communicates same to client groups.
  • Manages and works closely with outside counsel in defending individual and class employment-related claims from inception to conclusion by engaging in factual investigation and discovery, and recommending effective litigation strategies, including settlement, reserve strategies, and developing annual defense budgets and exposure reserves.
  • Reports out to management on proactive approaches to mitigating legal risk gleaned from litigation matters.
  • Interprets and enforces companys policies and procedures.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • J.D. degree and practicing member of a U.S. state or international bar.
  • Participation in law review or advocacy programs a plus.
  • 8-12 years of experience in a large national law firm and/or corporate legal department practice with specific expertise in labor and employment. Consumer products, marketing, and/or food and beverage industry experience are a plus.
  • Weekday travel may be required; may also be required to respond to calls from field, clients, outside counsel and stakeholders outside of normal business hours.
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent time management, professionalism, and leadership skills.
  • Must be responsive, proactive, and able to balance competing priorities.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Technology focus and digital fluency.

What We Can Do for You:

  • Commitment to Diversity: We are paving the way to create change in the industry and our leadership is committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Global Network: Expand your global network by developing, learning, and growing with our top talent and connections around the world.
  • Agile Work Environment: We embrace agile, with leadership that believes in removing barriers, so you are empowered to innovate and discover new solutions to complex problems.

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Our Purpose and Growth Culture:

We are taking deliberate action to nurture an inclusive culture that is grounded in our company purpose, to refresh the world and make a difference. We act with a growth mindset, take an expansive approach to whats possible and believe in continuous learning to improve our business and ourselves. We focus on four key behaviors  curious, empowered, inclusive and agile  and value how we work as much as what we achieve. We believe that our culture is one of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years. Visit Our Purpose and Vision to learn more about these behaviors and how you can bring them to life in your next role at Coca-Cola.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. When we collect your personal information as part of a job application or offer of employment, we do so in accordance with industry standards and best practices and in compliance with applicable privacy laws.

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