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Vice President - Labor and Employment Counsel The candidate will manage all aspects of national and international labor and employment matters for Fortune 250 organization with up to 100,000 employees (including seasonal/temps) in the U.S. and 26,000+ employees worldwide. Will supervise and manage employment litigations and settlements of employment related liabilities, including class actions, in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Direct investigations of complaints filed by state and federal govt. agencies (e.g., EEOC and DOL), draft position statements and engage in mediation and settlement. Handle all legal issues related to executive compensation, including employment agreements, severance agreements, equity agreements, etc. Manage labor issues (e.g., union organizing campaigns and labor contract negotiations). Provide counseling and legal direction on employment matters to business partners throughout the entire organization, including human resources, benefits, compensation, payroll (wage/hour), OSHA compliance, worker’s compensation, internal audit and international businesses. Conduct training courses on employment issues for HR and executives at the Company. Manage and coordinate outside counsel in all employment related practice areas, including employment litigation, labor, benefits, executive compensation, immigration issues and international matters. Provide legal counsel on all issues related to Company ERISA plans, bonus and equity plans and serve as an advisor to the Retirement Plan Committee and the Health and Welfare Plan Committee. Serve as Ombudsperson for the Company’s Code of Ethics, Member of the Company’s Diversity Committee and Board Member of The Geoffrey Fund, Inc. Handle administrative tasks such as approving outside counsel billing and performance reviews. Serve as liaison to governmental entities and duties include oversight of certain government affairs issues. Direct reports include an employment attorney, a paralegal and an administrative assistant. JD degree and excellent academic credential is required. Should have 20+ years of substantive compliance, employment and labor experience. Prior experience working at or with retail companies is desired. Experience with international employment laws (in any region) is desired. Must possess the ability to balance acting autonomously and collaboratively in a fast paced environment. Must be comfortable handling multiple projects and transactions in parallel.
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