Employment Counsel

The Employment Counsel I advises management on legal matters and ensures compliancy to protect company against legal liability. Responsible for analyzing proposed and established legislation, preparing legal documents, and reviewing company policies. Being an Employment Counsel I typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. Requires a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and may require admittance to a state bar. Being an Employment Counsel I work is closely managed. Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. Working as an Employment Counsel I typically requires 0-2 years of related experience.

Employment Counsel Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Employment Counsel to join our team.


  • Review disciplinary actions and terminations with HR;
  • Provide guidance to the other employment counsel and develop strategy of the employment practice;
  • Provide day-to-day proactive employment law advice, assistance and counseling;
  • Assist with employment law litigation matters;
  • Maintain employment law files and databases;
  • Respond to administrative complaints and Department of Labor investigations;
  • Create, customize and update release agreements for terminating employees;
  • Recommend, implement and continuously improve employment law related training;
  • Work with HR to help manage and respond to employee relations issues, investigations and grievances;
  • Manage and supervise outside counsel, as required;
  • Respond to EEOC complaints;
  • Assist in managing responses to subpoenas and document requests.


  • Ability to work proactively, independently and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment;
  • Interact with HR teams and other legal team members (hence this is an office role and not a work from home role);
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team as well as cross-functionally across teams;
  • Willingness to tackle matters outside area of expertise;
  • Minimum of twelve years of experience focused on employment law and litigation, preferably with some experience in-house;
  • Strong analytical capabilities and judgment;
  • Excellent knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (including ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, FLSA, etc.);
  • Experience overseeing child labor compliance preferred;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with new-media productions;
  • Experience working directly with management;
  • Experience handling union/guild grievances and arbitrations;
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects;
  • Sense of humor and commitment to professionalism;
  • 5+ years relevant law firm experience.

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