Employment Counsel

Posted on Mar 08

The Department

At Relativity, we make great software that helps users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our product is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world – in the cloud, on-premises, or both – to manage large volumes of data.

Here you can own your career in a community of values-driven people who help our customers around the world solve complex data challenges. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the details of this position below.

As the company’s first and only Employment Counsel, you will report to the General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary, and have the lead role within Relativity Legal for employment-related legal matters. As a secondary area, you may handle occasional litigation matters outside the employment context.

You will work under moderate direction. You will keep the General Counsel informed and consult with the General Counsel for guidance and decisions on policy-level, complex, strategic, or potentially controversial projects and issues. You may also work with outside counsel as approved by the General Counsel.

You will mainly focus on issues affecting our employees in our large Chicago headquarters. However, you will also handle employment issues respecting our employees who work remotely from home in various states, as well as the employees in our small offices in UK, Hong Kong and Australia, and our growing Krakow engineering office.

Your Role

Be a hero to HR and our GC by taking a responsive and proactive approach through your solid and ever-increasing knowledge of applicable practices laws, rules, regulations and cases to projects and issues such as:

HR legal compliance training programs
Employee Handbooks and HR Policies
Job Descriptions and ADA Accommodation Request Form
Forms of Employment Agreements and Separation Agreements
Draft and negotiate special clauses for employment and separation agreements for high level personnel
Disciplinary actions, terminations, job eliminations, and Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)
FLSA issues, including worker classification, record-keeping, and independent contractors
ADA, FMLA, Paid Sick Leave and other leave laws (in relation to our PTO benefits and Parental Leave Policy)
Discrimination and harassment issues
Affirmative Action Plan and Diversity & Inclusion Plan
Prepare and issue Litigation Holds, work with HR on investigations, handle agency actions
Work with outside counsel as needed and approved by General Counsel
This role may include benefits compliance legal work, e.g. Bonus Plan, 401(k) committee, health plans

Requirements

Preferred Qualifications
J.D. with concentration in Employment Law and Litigation (or JD plus Masters of HR Law and/or Employment Law)
J.D. from upper tier law school and high grades (especially in employment and litigation courses)
At least 3-5 years of strong employment law experience at a good law firm focusing on employer representation
Employment law experience should include significant employment litigation and all Role issues / projects above
Excellent knowledge of substantive employment laws and practices, including all Role issues / projects above
Excellent ability to research employment laws and cases, analyze and distinguish cases and facts
Excellent oral presentation and written skills. Must be able to translate the core components of complex case rulings, laws and regulations into common language and make sound recommendations that HR understands and accepts
Excellent ability to manage priorities effectively, making good decisions based on priorities and objectives
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Good working knowledge of Relativity e-discovery software applications
Intelligence, flexibility, creativity, diligence, and responsiveness.

Minimum Qualifications
J.D. from a good law school with significant course work in Employment Law and good grades
At least 2.5 years of Employment Law experience at a good law firm focusing on employer representation
Employment Law experience should include significant employment litigation and most Role issues / projects above
Thorough knowledge of substantive employment laws and practices, including most Role issues / projects above
Strong ability to research employment laws and cases, analyze and distinguish cases and facts
Strong oral presentation and written skills. Must be able to translate the core components of complex case rulings, laws and regulations into common language and make sound recommendations that HR understands and accept
Strong ability to manage priorities effectively, making good decisions based on priorities and objectives
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Intelligence, flexibility, creativity, diligence, and responsiveness.

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