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General Motors Counsel Labor & Employment in Detroit, Michigan

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Job Description

Position Overview:

The Counsel- Labor & Employment position is a collaborative partner with Assistant General Counsel and the Department’s business partners. As a member of the Legal Staff, Counsel manages his/her cases and other assignments in an efficient, effective, and solutions-focused manner. Counsel creates and manages a budget for all matters handled by outside counsel and supports a culture of legal compliance and excellence through his/her work. Counsel is critical to helping move the Legal Staff and the business towards successful completion of objectives.

Subject Matter Requirements: The Counsel – Labor and Employment position will:

  • Provide expert advice and counsel to management, Human Resources, and Labor Relations regarding compliance with existing labor and employment laws and new legislation

  • Provide expert advice and counsel on issues such as state and federal employment discrimination and anti-harassment statutes; NLRA claims, general union relations and contract negotiations; FMLA and disability law claims; USERRA; state and federal wage and hour laws and the FLSA; equal pay; corporate separateness and contingent workers' issues; affirmative action and diversity; drug-free workplace; employee discipline and termination; restructuring; whistleblower laws; wrongful discharge claims; and drafting employment agreements and policies

  • Provide representation and/or management of matters for the Company before state and federal administrative agencies, including the OFCCP, the Wage and Hour Division, EEOC, state and local human rights agencies, as well as in mediations and arbitrations and any claims under local union grievance procedures

  • Cost-effectively manage employment litigation/other costs and interface with outside counsel

  • Conduct and manage internal investigations

  • Drafting and presenting client training on labor and employment issues

  • Leader in providing advice and counsel in other business areas and work on legal projects to improve business policies and processes

  • Partner with the business to effectively solve complex, multi-dimensional problems regarding Labor and Employment matters

  • Support and contribute to L&E team's annual objectives and Human Resource/Labor Relations teams’ initiatives

Additional Job Description

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A minimum of 12+ years of relevant legal experience

  • Strong leadership experience

  • Proven ability to be able to manage across various levels of the organization effectively, with and without authority

  • Knowledge and experience in key legal trends that impact the business

  • Ability to collaborate, build relationships, gain credibility, and partner effectively with others up and down a matrixed organization

  • Self-directed, solution-focused individual that with strong work ethic and the ability to collaborate cross-functionally to achieve enterprise-wide results

  • Ability to respectfully speak up, exchange feedback and boldly share ideas without fear.

  • Ability to supervise attorneys as needed

  • Proven ability to establish rapport and participate in an environment of continuous improvement

  • Strong oral and written communicator

  • Commitment to compliance, integrity and quality

  • Sound business judgment and financial acumen, including budgeting

  • Aptitude for critical thinking and succinctly presenting the best course of action

  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent computer skills, including advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite

  • Knowledge and understanding of automotive industry environment and business needs is desired

  • Demonstrated experience providing legal advice in a highly regulated environment

  • Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving legal issues quickly and effectively and ability to make on the spot risk calls

  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment

  • Ability to set and meet multiple priorities, initiative to take on new challenges and high energy to partner with diverse teams in a fast paced work environment

  • Significant L&E experience in-house at a company, at a law firm or in a government agency with an established labor and employment practice

Education Requirements:

  • Law degree from an accredited college or university

  • Admitted to practice in at least one jurisdiction in the United States and, if not admitted in Michigan, the ability to qualify for in-house counsel status in Michigan

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com .In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.