Our Staff Attorney – should have a practical, solutions-driven counseling ability with a client-service-oriented approach. This includes the capability of multi-tasking and dealing with ambiguity in the law, process and procedure. In this role, you should be able to adequately demonstrate a solid understanding of various substantive areas of federal and California employment law including, but not limited to, discrimination and harassment, disability and accommodations, employee policies, and complex wage and hour matters (e.g., California Labor Code, California Industrial Wage Orders, FEHA, Cal/OSHA, and related California employment laws).
- The Staff Attorney will advise and counsel employers regarding multiple and complex California legal issues, recognizing and addressing potential risks with situations including wage and hour matters, leaves of absence, performance documentation, discipline, termination, layoffs, employment agreements, waiver and release agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other employment law-related matters
- Advise on California wage and hour law including a working knowledge of the California Labor Code, California Industrial Wage Orders, exemption classifications, meal and rest periods, and other California-specific wage and hour laws
- Advise on California-specific leaves of absence, including the California Family Rights Act and Pregnancy Disability Leave, and understanding the basic interplay between California-specific leaves of absence and leaves of absence under federal law
- Advise on Cal/OSHA and COVID-19-related matters, drugs and alcohol, workers compensation, and other California employment law practice areas
- Draft, review, and revise California employee handbooks
- Advise California-based organizations concerning employee relations matters, risk management, policies, procedures, and other employment law and HR issues
- Advise on California EEO/Civil Rights — evaluate and analyze claims and draft position, arbitration and mediation statements
- Represent members in administrative hearing processes including civil rights charges, wage claims, Unfair Labor Practice charges, and unemployment hearings
- Advise and counsel employers on an occasional basis with union matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in union grievance procedures
- Assist with the investigations intake process, including responding to member inquiries about investigations services and forwarding summaries to the Managing Attorney
- Assist on an occasional basis with investigations, including conducting investigations and reviewing investigation reports when needed
- Substantially interact with employers and member companies
Law degree (JD) and California Bar admission is required.
Additional requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required:
- Experience of no less than three (3) years in employment law is required, with at least one (1) year advising on California employment law matters
- Litigation experience in California employment matters, including but not limited to agency related claims, mediations, arbitrations and/or trials is a preferred. In-house or government agency experience will be considered to meet this requirement
- Demonstrate independence, competence, and confidence when advising management and business leaders on complex federal and California employment law matters
- Strong legal research capability and a solid understanding of Westlaw or other similar research platforms
- Excellent attention to detail; ability to work independently and execute plans to meet member needs; ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
- Experience with employment-related documents and agreements such as offer letters, employment contracts, severance, confidentiality, and contractor agreements
- Experience in representation and responding to state and federal agency charges, audits, and investigations
- Training and/or public speaking experience highly preferred. Courtroom experience can meet this expectation
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
General office environment with opportunities to work remotely. Occasional lifting. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
Exemption Status: Exempt
Starting annual salary range: $74,540 - $83,855
Benefits: Employers Council provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
• Insured group health, dental, & vison plans with optional tax deferred 125 plans are available
• Long term income protection via 401k and defined benefit pension plans
• Life, AD&D, Long term disability plans primarily paid for by employer
• A generous mix of vacation, sick and holiday paid days off
Employers Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.