VP of Employment Law
Company: Biotech, Seattle, WA
Posted on: January 13, 2018
Description As part of the Legal department, this attorney will advise internal People department and Accounting department clients and management on all facets of employment law, draft and advise on employment and separation agreements, draft and review policies and handbooks, play a central role in ensuring multijurisdictional compliance with employment mandates as the company rapidly enters new state and local jurisdictions, oversee any internal employment investigations, supervise outside counsel on international employment matters and special employment and benefits projects, and perform a variety of other legal duties as needed. Occasional travel may be necessary. This attorney will report to Company’s Deputy General Counsel. Key Responsibilities Will Include: Provide extensive day-to-day legal counsel and advice to the People team (i.e., HR) and management on a variety of labor and employment related matters, including workplace investigations, discrimination/harassment claims, FMLA and other protected leaves, ADA reasonable accommodations, employee relations including discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues, background checks, drug testing, rescinding employment offers, layoffs, workplace violence, and unemployment. Partner with the People and Accounting teams to put in place the infrastructure to support employment and benefits law compliance across various state and local jurisdictions, as Company works to hire a nationwide salesforce in multiple new jurisdictions in a short timeframe. Advise the People department’s recruiting personnel with respect to prior employer restrictive covenants/confidentiality agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. Partner with the People team to provide legal review and counseling regarding benefits plans and contracts with benefit plan administrators or insurers. Draft separation agreements and advise on separation arrangements. Revise offer letters or employment conditions for special circumstances that require variances from Company’s standard. Oversee outside counsel with respect to employment matters at Company’s German subsidiary. Evaluate and manage outside counsel in establishing employment policies, practices, and agreements in new international jurisdictions where Company may hire employees. Conduct employment diligence for potential business acquisitions and participate in the integration process for completed acquisitions. Manage and evaluate outside counsel in any employment litigation or administrative agency proceedings. Serve as a key member of the Legal and People organizations to help identify and proactively manage legal risks, including by providing training and reference materials. Stay current on employment law changes and evolving best practices, and provide updates to People department, Accounting department, or Legal department personnel as needed. Work with the People team and management to enable the functioning of various internal affinity or advocacy groups that pertain to protected classes (Women in Science, Queer Science, etc.) while managing risk, and attend affinity group meetings. Basic Qualifications: 7+ years of legal experience working on employment law issues in multiple U.S. state and local jurisdictions J. D. degree from a top law school and membership in good standing in least at one state bar is required Experience providing advice and counsel on workplace law issues, including employee relations, compensation, hiring and recruiting practices, promotion practices, mitigation of risk, accommodations, and employment-related policies Experience advising on and drafting employment and separation agreements Experience conducting investigations into harassment and discrimination allegations and responding to claims Preferred Qualifications: A mix of large corporate law firm and in-house experience Experience supporting a rapidly growing and geographically expanding business to maintain compliance and manage risk Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceuticals industry Experience advising companies with manufacturing operations and sales personnel Experience advising on OFCCP requirements Experience dealing with E.U. data protection law, particularly with regard to E.U.-U.S. data transfers, in the employment context, and dealing with international employment issues (especially in Germany) Familiarity with executive compensation disclosure requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and experience drafting or revising the Compensation Discussion & Analysis section of proxy statements
Keywords: Biotech, Seattle, WA, Seattle, VP of Employment Law, Human Resources, Seattle, Washington
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