Oversees company legal activities and functions related to legal support for Employee Benefits.
Scope of Duties and Responsibilities
Provide legal advice to senior management, internal
benefits, administration team, and fiduciaries on matters including but not limited to:
Qualified retirement plans, including traditional pension, 401(k), and profit sharing plans
Executive Compensation issues, including non-qualified
deferred compensation and equity compensation programs
Health and Welfare Plans, including fringe benefits and payroll practices
Fiduciary compliance, plan governance and prohibited transactions
Legal compliance (ERISA, IRC, SEC,
NYSE, COBRA, and HIPAA, etc.)
Manage litigation risks and governmental (DOL, IRS, PBGC, SEC) filings and proceedings involving benefits issues by overseeing outside counsel.
Supervise outside counsel to ensure appropriate
handling of matters assigned and monitor billings and costs.
Support due diligence, negotiation, and implementation of M&A transactions.
Draft and amend plans, summary plan descriptions, summary of material modifications and
Review and negotiate contracts with service providers.
Participate in annual benefit plan audit process.
Advise on benefit claims and appeals.
Train Benefits department staff and
present to other company personnel as necessary.
Position will report to VP-Human Resources (who previously held role) , and will work closely with legal department.
Regular and reliable attendance is required in performance of job.
Employee may be required to perform additional duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate with current CLE compliance plus law practice experience.
Strong experience in
legal practice including matters, at least four (4) years of experience in a law firm or in-house practice dedicated solely to matters involving benefits compliance and administration.
Application of basic math formulas.
in use and function of office equipment including computers and applicable software.
Experience and training related to:
Benefits law (ERISA, IRC, SEC, NYSE, COBRA, and HIPAA)
Legal compliance related to benefits related
Business communication skills
Ability to analyze and explain complex subjects in succinct format using plain English
Experience reading and interpreting contracts, statues, regulations, court cases, briefs,
letters, memorandum, opinion of counsel, pending legislation, and company policies and procedures.
Experience researching and preparing correspondence, briefs, pleadings, interrogatories, settlement agreements, memorandums, presentations, meeting
minutes, resolutions, language for legislation, contracts, litigation reports, and budgets.
Experience negotiating, persuading, advocating, interacting, advising, and communicating effectively.