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Employment Counsel

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Employment Counsel is responsible for advising Foundation Medicine on global employment, labor, immigration, and related matters. As a valued partner to the business, the role will be a direct point of contact for FMI’s People Team. The incumbent will work across multiple functions to develop and deliver creative solutions to complex employment issues while monitoring the rapidly changing network of global, federal, state, and local employment laws, spot compliance issues, and implement solutions.  In partnership with the People team, the role will establish enterprise policies and processes that will govern the legal aspects of the employment life cycle, such as recruitment, compensation matters, reorganizations, leave management and administration, policy governance, program harmonization, employee privacy, etc. The incumbent will leverage excellent judgment, have courage to make difficult decisions, and be able to effectively collaborate and influence on strategic initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Together with the Deputy General Counsel, Employment Law, act as the key internal point of contact and subject matter expert on matters relating to employment, immigration, and employee benefits law;
  • Provide practical and actionable daily legal advice to FMI People team and key FMI business leaders on the full range of employment law matters, including daily counseling on issues such as recruitment and hiring, restrictive covenant issues, equal pay, leaves of absence, investigations, disciplinary warnings, terminations, workplace safety, reorganizations, reductions in force, executive compensation, immigration and international assignments;
  • Draft, interpret, and enforce employment, separation, non-competition, confidentiality, and consulting agreements;
  • Assist with company litigation (single plaintiff and class), arbitrations, grievances and associated administrative charges;
  • Supervise outside counsel on employment or benefits issues requiring law firm support;
  • Advise People Strategy and People Relations teams on workplace investigations and employee relations concerns, support investigations into complaints of inappropriate conduct or policy violations;
  • Create, update, and manage employment-related template agreements and forms;
  • Review, develop, and present trainings for the People team, managers, and employees, including advising on and assuring compliance with employment law training requirements, and assisting People/Compliance teams to identify appropriate training topics;
  • Monitor changes to applicable laws, regulations, and enforcement priorities, and communicate actionable takeaways;
  • Counsel and advise on the employment law implications of strategic business initiatives;
  • Support the People Team in developing and administering employment-related policies and programs;
  • Support FMI’s Compliance program by assisting in compliance investigations, proactively identifying compliance risks and mitigation measures, and ensuring that FMI’s program evolves and remains relevant with FMI employees; and
  • Establish and maintain relationships, credibility, and trust with business partners, stakeholders, legal team members and other colleagues;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Licensed to practice law in the United States, Massachusetts preferred
  • 5+ years of legal experience with a concentration in employment law
  • Law firm experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of in-house employment counseling experience across a wide range of employment law issues.
  • Proficient in providing advice and counsel, particularly in the following areas: employment-related contracts, policy development, recruitment, ADA reasonable accommodations, FMLA and other types of leaves, employee terminations, reductions in force, wage and hour (particularly exemptions), pay equity, OFCCP and AAP compliance, contingent workforce management, performance management, data privacy, workplace investigations, and employee relations issues, and immigration – global experience and benefit experience are a plus;
  • Experience advising the life sciences industry, either as internal or external counsel
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Adaptable to change and good at improving processes and systems
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong litigation experience through all stages of litigation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines, and act decisively
  • Ability to present complex issues in a clear and concise manner and provide succinct, practical, and results-oriented legal advice
  • Organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, and flexible
  • Sound business sense with the judgment to escalate escalated risk issues when required
  • Ability to engage professionally with clients at all levels, and to influence without direct authority
  • Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Unquestioned integrity, credibility, and judgment
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of patient data privacy
  • Commitment to reflect FMI's values: Passion, Patients, Innovation, and Collaboration 


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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