Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • S&P Global
  • 21 May 19

Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law

JobDescription :
The Role: Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law

The Location: 55 Water St, NY NY 10041

The Opportunity: S&P Global is seeking a business-minded and self-motivated attorney. This attorney should have a track record that demonstrates a strong knowledge of the law, sound practical judgment, and the ability to succeed in a collaborative environment. Labor law and international employment law experience a plus. In this position, the successful candidate will interface with members of the company's management and HR teams at S&P Global's 55 Water Street headquarters and the company's offices around the world to manage and execute on a broad range of employment and labor matters. This reports to the Associate General Counsel for Labor & Employment, who reports to the General Counsel of S&P Global. This position supports a business of over $5 billion in revenue and over 17,000 employees located around the world

The Impact:

  • Serving as the subject matter expert in all areas of federal and state labor and employment laws; ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state and local employment practices laws, rules and regulations.
  • Providing strategic legal counsel and risk management advice to management and HR on a wide variety of HR and employment practices matters, such as recruiting, compensation, performance management, separations, internal investigations, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, diversity and inclusion, workplace privacy, wage and hour compliance, restrictive covenants, reasonable accommodations, employee classification, immigration and general employment risk management.
  • Participate in and provide leadership on efforts to prepare, implement and refine best-in-class labor- and employment-related practices, policies, guidelines, tools, programs and forms that align with the company's employee engagement strategy, values and business goals.
  • Representing and defending the company as necessary in employment disputes, including lawyer's letters and administrative charges. Manage outside counsel as necessary for employment litigation.

  • Liaising with international employment counsel on matters outside of the United States.
  • Preparing and conducting regular employee and management trainings on relevant matters, and managing company training programs in conjunction with HR.
  • Monitoring and assessing the impact of legal and regulatory developments and enforcement trends at a state and federal level.
  • Counseling management and HR on new or pending federal and state legislation, laws, rules and regulations and industry developments and trends that affect the company and its operations.
  • Efficiently managing outside counsel with an eye toward minimizing outside counsel expense and meeting budget.
  • Providing substantive support for the rest of the Legal team as needed, including strategic transactions.

Basic Qualifications:
  • J.D. and at least 7 years of relevant experience gained at a leading law firm and/or in-house (ideally at a publicly-traded company).
  • Must be admitted, active and in good standing with the New York State bar.
  • Candidate must have exceptional business judgment, legal issue identification and problem-solving skills.
  • Requires a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving; candidate must be able to effectively counsel internal clients by providing them with clear, concise and commercial advice, and creative solutions where necessary, on established timelines to meet their business needs.
  • Candidate must be able to operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, "can do" attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with internal clients

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Significant advisory experience
  • J.D. from top law school with exceptional academic credentials
  • Successful track record of in-house or similar advisory experience