Corporate Counsel

At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole.  We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth.  By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife's vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.
Job Location
United States : New York : New York
Alternate Job Location
Not Applicable : Not Applicable
Job Description
This position will provide labor and employment law advice and counsel in support of the Company's operations globally.  The attorney will be a key strategic advisor to HR and business leaders, and serve as a critical link between the business lines, HR and the Law Department.  
Principal Responsibilities:
  • Provide advice on full range of employment law issues, including hiring, discipline, termination, compensation and benefits
  • Draft employment contracts, separation agreements and other employment documentation relating to employee population, some based outside of the United States
  • Review and provide guidance on drafting and development of HR policies and procedures globally
  • Lead or provide assistance with internal investigations
  • Defend, supervise and manage employment related claims and litigation, including managing outside counsel, responding to administrative charges, complaints, attorney's letters, settlement demands and claims globally.  Negotiate appropriate resolutions to claims and other pending matters
  • Provide support to maintain, determine and/or remediate legal compliance issues impacting the company's global operations from a total employment law, compensation and benefits perspective
  • Assist in developing, implementing, improving and reviewing legal compliance projects and training.  Assist with preparing or conducting training programs
  • Assist and support all aspects of MetLife's M & A activities as they relate to employment matters
  • Provide, at times, advice and counsel in the area of global mobility, expatriate and international assignments and global immigration matters
Required Qualifications
JD degree and New York bar membership
A minimum of 5 years of relevant labor and employment experience required.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
Ability to deliver solution-oriented advice
Preferred Qualifications
Experience handling international employment matters, including experience with Works Councils and Unions in foreign countries, a strong plus
Business Category
Legal Affairs
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