Assistant General Counsel

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Job Description

The Assistant General Counsel -Employment reports to the Deputy General Counsel and directly provides in-house legal services to the administration, staff, human resources department, and other employees of Beth Israel Lahey Health, Inc. (BILH) and its affiliates. The Assistant General Counsel-Employment represents BILH before courts, administrative review boards and regulatory agencies. With this backdrop, the Assistant General Counsel-Employment provides advice and counsel in the areas of employment, labor and litigation management.

Essential Responsibilities:
Counsel BILH and related entities on all aspects of employment relations. Advise management and clients in Human Resources on matters ranging from training and policies to negotiations and settlements.
Represent BILH and related entities before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including initial investigation and position statement response. Also manage insurance coverage and outside counsel when appropriate in such matters.
Conduct investigations arising from employee complaints regarding workplace misconduct, including but not limited to investigations of wage and hour compliance, alleged discriminatory or retaliatory conduct.
Counsel clients on equal employment opportunity and affirmative action efforts, including maintenance of written affirmation action plans and related activities.
Draft and review termination letters, physician offer letters and agreements, separation agreements, and other employment related contracts.
Make presentations and conduct trainings both inside and outside BILH and conduct teaching sessions for management, medical and professional staffs and other employees regarding relevant legal issues.
Manage litigation and government inquiries concerning various topics related to employment law, including but not limited to ERISA, workers' compensation and immigration.
Subpoena and summons responses, including working with department paralegal(s). General litigation advice.
Maintain current knowledge of relevant employment law and advise clients about the impact of regulatory and legislative changes and guidance.
Perform special projects pertaining to workplace issues. Work in partnership with outside law firms, directing legal work sent to such firms.
Work collaboratively within the BILH legal group to ensure consistent delivery of legal services across the system. Perform other duties/tasks as assigned consistent with a lawyer with 5-8 years of experience in employment law and litigation.
Required Qualifications:Doctoral degree in JD degree from an accredited institution required.
Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
5-8 years related work experience required.
Must be a member in good standing to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Between 5-8 years of practice as a labor and employment lawyer with emphasis on employment law.
Proven ability to manage legal matters with minimum oversight.
Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:Law firm experience.
Experience with OFCCP compliance, immigration law, and general litigation.
Competencies:Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

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