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The Marriott International Law Department, located at the Company's worldwide corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland services the Company's lodging business. The Employment Practice Group ("Group") , in conjunction with the Labor, Employment and Benefits section of the Law Department, provides legal advice and counsel regarding employment issues, policies, and programs to Human Resources professionals and line and corporate staff managers with the Company's businesses.
The Vice President & Senior Counsel Employment provides legal advice and counsel regarding employment issues, policies, and programs to Human Resources professionals and line-managers within the Company's businesses. The individual in this position will be required to make judgment calls and policy decisions regarding the Company's positions and provide feedback and guidance accordingly. This position reports to the Group Leader, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel Employment Law.
Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions
The primary responsibilities of this attorney will be:
Advising human resources departments and operating business managers on day-to-day legal concerns and consequences;
Participating in the development of legally sound policies and programs in all areas of labor and employment law, including wage and hour matters, discipline, counseling and discharge, all aspects of laws regarding discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, emotional distress, OSHA, FMLA, reductions-in-force, union organizing efforts, drug testing issues, etc.;
Maintaining working knowledge of company policies, state and federal legislation, and bargaining agreements;
Responding to attorney letters, complaints or claims involving employment and labor-related concerns;
Conducting a risk-assessment of complaints and developing legally sound strategies for the Company's defense of legal actions;
Working with Risk Management on managing outside counsel in handling employment litigation covered by Employment Practices Liability Insurance or managing outside counsel in non-insured claims such as wage and hour cases;
Handling cases filed under the National Labor Relations Act or other labor and employment laws, as required;
Advising human resources departments and operating business managers on pending changes in employment and labor-related laws;
Creating a proactive strategy to ensure compliance with all federal/state legal requirements;
Assisting enterprise in achieving strategic goals by identifying legal consequences and issues associated with plans, and recommending alternative courses of action to achieve business objectives while limiting liability and risk;
Educating human resources managers, operating business managers and others on trends and legal actions which may affect the workplace through written materials or training seminars; and
Participating, as appropriate, in compliance audits and investigations.
Excellent academic records in college and law school, with a J.D. degree from a well-respected law school;
Active Bar membership;
Minimum of 12 years' experience of substantive and applicable experience;
Broad background in providing advice and counsel to human resources and operating business managers in employment and labor-related matters;
Experience interfacing with government and/or labor and employment agencies which maintain jurisdiction over employment and labor-related legal matter;Experience as primary or second chair counsel in the litigation of employment and labor-related cases
Experience with leading-edge employment and labor-related policies, programs and systems, and up-to-date knowledge of labor and employment issues and case law;
Strong leadership skills and good judgment, and the ability to think strategically both from a business and legal perspective;
Excellent conflict management skills, and ability to influence without coercion;
Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills;
Ability to expeditiously identify and analyze issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
Ability to work under pressure; and
Strong organizational and time management skills
Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.