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Counsel, Labor and Employment

Company: BAE Systems PLC
Location: Nashua
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

COVID-19 Company Updates: We've altered the hiring process to ensure as many safety precautions as possible. Learn more. Req #: 66410BR Nashua, New Hampshire, United States Other Professionals Electronic Systems Posted on:02/01/2021 Clearance Level - Must Currently Possess None Shift 1st Shift Relocation Available No ITAR: U.S Citizen or Green Card Required Yes Clearance Level - Must Be Able to Obtain Secret
Job Description
We are seeking an experienced lawyer to serve in a key role within the BAE Systems legal team, acting as labor and employment counsel to our internal clients.

In this position, you will report to and assist the Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment in providing legal advice and representation involving labor and employment matters where the Company, including its subsidiaries and affiliates is, or would be, a party.
These duties include, but are not limited to, providing legal opinions, interpretations, drafting of documents and other general legal assistance to all levels of Company personnel and management on legal issues affecting the Company.

The successful hire will ensure the business is in compliance with, and operates ethically within all relevant corporate and governmental directives, policies, regulations, and laws in its transactions and protect the company against potential claims and litigation.

Duties to include:

  • Under general direction, this person will function as a labor and employment specialist supporting the Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment and the Vice President and Chief Counsel
  • Serve as a trusted and reliable advisor to Human Resources and key business stakeholders, providing advice and counsel on all aspects of day-to-day employment-related matters, including hiring, promotion and pay equity, discipline and termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, wage and hour compliance, independent contractor issues, internal investigations and other related matters;
  • Partner with Human Resources and Ethics on internal investigations of employee relations matters, including employee misconduct, discrimination and/or harassment complaints.
  • Analyze, prepare, and review various matters to ensure the Company's interests are protected. May consult with or refer matters to outside counsel as required, typically upon recommendation of the Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment.
  • Represent and defend the Company before administrative agencies (e.g., EEOC, DOL, or equivalent state and local agencies). Interview and prepare witnesses, prepare position statements, and participate in administrative hearings;
  • Review and advise on recruiting and hiring related matters, including conflicts of interest and compliance with post-government employment and revolving door laws;
  • Review and advise on involuntary terminations, reductions in force, and draft separation packages, as appropriate;
  • Proactively and cost-effectively manage employment litigation, including oversight of outside counsel as appropriate, drafting/reviewing pleadings, developing strategy, facilitating the gathering of information (documents, interviews), and making recommendations at key stages in the process;
  • Support Human Resources and labor management professionals during collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, and other union matters;
  • Conduct legal research as needed and prepare opinions;
  • Review and revise personnel policies, procedures and other Company guidance documents;
  • Develop and present timely and user-friendly training to Human Resources and management on employment related topics;
  • Review and interpret FAR/DFARS, statutes, government regulations, and executive orders; stay up-to-date on changes in employment and labor laws and provide tailored advice to stakeholders on any policy, process or other change;
  • Provide legal advice in support of affirmative action compliance;
  • Provide legal advice in ethics investigations; may be asked to serve as lead investigator in high-level or sensitive matters;
  • Review, interpret, and draft company policies and procedures;
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of various legal training courses;
  • Assist in company merger and acquisition efforts as needed;
  • Perform other tasks as assigned. This position is part of the Electronic Systems Legal Department, a dedicated and collegial team, where each lawyer has the opportunity to work closely with the business and make a positive impact. We provide a 9/80 flexible work schedule, support for development / training to further your legal expertise and a 6% match, with immediate vesting, on 401(k) contributions.

    Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status.


    Required Education, Experience, & Skills
    Education/Bar Requirements:

    -- JD from an ABA accredited law school;

    -- Admitted to practice law in a US jurisdiction required;

    -- Eligible to be admitted to state bar as corporate counsel at primary work location, as applicable.

    Experience:
    Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in employment law as follows:

    -- Combination of prior in-house and law firm experience with a mid-to-large law firm in employment / labor section is preferred; prior experience as an employment litigator also preferred

    -- Labor relations experience a plus

    -- Strong oral and written communication skills as well as outstanding organizational and analytical skills required

    -- Work independently, but collaboratively in a team setting while displaying a high level of self-direction and sound judgment

    -- Must be a self-starter, have a pro-active approach to address issues before they create legal exposure; able to handle a multitude of complex and challenging situations,

    -- Desktop computer competency to include proficiency in Westlaw and MS Office Suite.

    -- US Citizenship required. Ability to obtain security clearance required, and current active Secret clearance is preferred.

    About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
    BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it's what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts - defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team-making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you'll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference. Electronic Systems (ES) is the global innovator behind BAE Systems' game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere - from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact - for our customers and the communities we serve. At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We're laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues. BAE Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. Important Company Notices and SCAM Alert

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