Hallmark's legal division is seeking an attorney with expertise in employment counseling and litigation to join our team. We support the core businesses of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated and its foreign and domestic subsidiaries, and are valued business partners in helping both grow and protect our businesses. Hallmark provides an exceptional work environment, competitive pay, great benefits and a culture of quality, innovation, and caring. This position is located at Hallmark’s corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Assistant General Counsel - Employment Law will report to the Associate General Counsel - Employment Law, and works on a variety of legal matters. Specific responsibilities include:
Provides in-house legal services and support to all areas of the company, including its foreign and domestic subsidiaries and affiliates.
Provides legal advice to Human Resources representatives, managers, and the company nurses and doctor on a wide range of employment matters.
Investigates, responds to, and resolves employment claims through Hallmark’s internal dispute program (which culminates in binding arbitration), and/or that have been filed with federal and state agencies or courts.
Partners with and manages outside counsel in appropriate situations.
Stays informed of new legislation or requirements, and proactively works to ensure compliance.
Educates business partners through presentations and advice in an effort to mitigate legal risks.
Provides advice on reorganizations, including conducting adverse impact analyses and preparing severance-related documents.
Is knowledgeable of e-discovery issues and requirements, and proactively works to ensure compliance with such requirements.
Provides legal advice on Executive Order 11246, the company’s affirmative action plans, pay equity/audits, and OFCCP audits.
Our ideal candidate should have strong client partnering and interpersonal leadership skills as well as excellent technical legal skills.
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited U.S. law school
Admitted to the Bar
Licensed to practice law in Missouri
Minimum seven years’ experience working with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and FLSA
Minimum of seven years’ experience with a law firm or company law department
Minimum of seven years’ experience in employment counseling and employment litigation/arbitration
General litigation experience strongly preferred
Strong ability to understand the business needs of internal clients and offer clear, actionable and effective advice
Strong and effective business and legal partnering (internal and external) skills
Sound business and legal judgment and demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism
Ability to quickly and effectively manage a variety of assignments, under time constraints; effectively prioritize workload based on business needs and company's strategic goals
High level of personal accountability, self motivation, results orientation and work ethic. Is an agile learner and change agent.
Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills
Analytical, interpersonal, problem solving and project management skills
Confidentiality and attention to detail
Computer and legal research skills
Located in the Kansas City area - as this role is in Kansas City
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Cards, Inc. and its subsidiary companies will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Hallmark does not generally provide sponsorship for employment. Employment by Hallmark is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, signing of an agreement to arbitrate in connection with the Hallmark Dispute Resolution Program, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification and satisfactory reference and background checks.
Internal Number: 26061
About Hallmark Cards
Hallmark Cards, Inc. believes that when you care enough, you can change the world. That’s why we are dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world and making a difference in the lives of others.Founded in 1910 by teenage entrepreneur J.C. Hall, and still led by members of our founding family as a private company today, Hallmark’s businesses, including Crayola and the Hallmark Channel, employ approximately 30,000 worldwide and generate revenues of approximately $4 billion.