Junior attorney responsible for advising management, Human Resources, and other personnel regarding employment law issues, including performance management and discipline, discrimination, harassment and other employment-related complaints, employment policies, leaves of absence and accommodation requests, and employment-related aspects of corporate transactions. Handling day to day legal issues including general counseling of H.R. and all other business units at all levels on a daily basis, including fielding questions and addressing potentially high exposure issues; keeping abreast of and addressing compliance and issues of interpretation under federal, state and local employment laws, including the Age Discrimination In Employment Act, Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ACA, and Paid Leave; prepare and negotiate employment agreements; prepare and negotiate separation and release agreements; assist with immigration issues; examine wage and hour issues; respond to charges filed with or by governmental agencies; aid and provide guidance in the investigation of employee complaints; conduct legal research; review, suggest, interpret and draft employment policies and procedures; help develop and deliver training programs; litigation avoidance; litigation and the supervision of litigation. Partner with HR on ADA and religious accommodation requests and analysis. Oversee, conduct, and provide counsel on internal investigations of employment-related and other types of claims. Advise Chanel including issues arising in the corporate headquarters, the Piscataway facility and the field nationwide, as well as, as requested, certain affiliates and related entities.
General Advice and Counseling (Outside of Employment Law)
While the focus of the position is employment law, the attorney should also be prepared to provide overall general advice, recommendations and counseling to all business units on a regular basis in various areas of the law outside of employment law, including handling assorted contractual and regulatory matters. Stay abreast of and update business units as to applicable laws, including changes thereto.
Draft, review and negotiate various commercial agreements, including IT and finance-related agreements.
4-6 years practicing employment law required, preferably both at a law firm and in-house legal department. Admitted to New York State Bar.
Skills and Knowledge:
- Strong, broad based employment and labor law background, including knowledge of federal, multi-state (including NY, NJ, and California) and local laws.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong negotiation skills
- Experience with employment issues attendant to retail population preferable
- Solid contract review and drafting skills.
- Strong listening skills and high level emotional intelligence
- Curious mindset
- Experience providing daily counseling regarding employment issues and make decisions and provide immediate advice in a fast-paced environment.
- Review, suggest and draft employment-related policies and procedures.