Avp, Employment Law Counsel

Manulife Boston , MA 02298

Posted 3 months ago

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed? With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Job Description

The AVP, Employment Counsel role provides expert and strategic advice to support all businesses/segments in respect to labor/employment law and related matters.


  • Provide clear and concise legal advice to Manulife and its affiliated companies with respect the full range of labor and employment law issues, including hiring, employee relations, terminations, performance management, compliance, privacy, complaints and investigations, policies, compensation and benefit plans, reductions-in-force/WARN, EEOC/MCAD matters, corporate transactions, human rights and accommodation issues, leaves of absence, labor laws/standards, immigration and mobility matters, etc.

  • Be the primary legal point of contact for escalated employee relations and human resources matters, providing timely and practical advice.

  • Draft, modify and/or provide advice regarding legal and human resource documents, agreements and communications.

  • Be the primary legal point of contact for immigration/mobility processes/issues.

  • Respond to demand letters and negotiate separation agreements.

  • Monitor and provide advice regarding relevant legislative, regulatory and industry developments.

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders (from compliance, HR and legal, amongst others) in respect to global policies, practices and initiatives.

  • As required, manage outside counsel retained to assist with litigation matters.

  • Participate in industry conferences, presentations, committees and working groups as required.

  • Provide other advice/perform other responsibilities as required.

Problem Solving & Complexity:

  • Complex and non routine

Education & Experience:

  • Member in good standing with the Bar

  • Licensed to practice law in respective country

  • Minimum 5 years of prior relevant experience with major law firm and/or corporation

  • Experience with and knowledge of the U.S. labour and employment law and legislative requirements

  • Experience with and knowledge of the U.S. immigration issues relevant in employment context an asset

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong influencing, organizational and collaboration skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Tactful and operates with discretion

  • Ability to quickly identify legal problems/risk and potential solutions

  • Ability to deal with high volume, fast paced matters, multiple priorities

Reports to:

Vice President & Chief Counsel, Global Employment and Immigration


If you are ready to unleash your potential it's time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers. As of September 30, 2019, we had over $1.2 trillion (US$881 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.8 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States are where we have served customers for more than 100 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention and advancement and we administer all of our practices and programs based on qualification and performance and without discrimination on any protected ground.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request any accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

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