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Assistant General Counsel, Labor and Employment at MEMORIAL HEALTH SERVICES in Orange, California

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of the MemorialCare Health System, and with dotted line reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Assistant General Counsel � Labor and Employment (AGC-L&E) is responsible for and oversees all legal and compliance matters for the Health System in the areas of labor and employment, human resources, payroll, compensation and benefits.The AGC-L&E contributes to the fulfillment of the Health System�s mission by protecting its legal interests while advancing its �Simply Better� culture for all employees.

The AGC-L&E provides legal advice and counsel in the relevant areas to all clients across the Health System, including in respect of general labor compliance, policies and procedures, employee relations, and litigation oversight and management.The AGC-L&E will also assist the Chief Legal Officer in the management and administration of the Legal Department, including budgeting, selection and oversight of outside counsel, management of staff, and the development and implementation of Legal Department policies and procedures. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides general, day-to-day legal and compliance advice to MemorialCare and its affiliated entities in the areas of labor and employment, human resources, wage and hour, payroll, compensation and benefits

  • Supports the Human Resources and Payroll Departments in the development, implementation and maintenance of appropriate policies and procedures to comply with applicable employment laws and regulations.

  • Drafts and maintains employee handbook and other employee relations communications; provides advice and counsel on personnel issues.

  • Advises on leave of absence and disability accommodation requirements.

  • Monitors and reports internally on relevant developments in the law; assesses impacts on the organization; supports public advocacy efforts.

  • Develops and conducts relevant employee training programs across the organization.

  • Oversees and conducts internal employment-related investigations.

  • Manages and develops strategy for pending and threatened employment-related litigation, claims and administrative proceedings; manages related discovery and document production processes; coordinates with and manages outside counsel, as needed; maintains internal claims and litigation reports and case assessments; develops and manages associated budgets.

  • Drafts and negotiates employment-related agreements; develops and maintains standard agreement templates and forms.

  • Coordinates with and oversees outside counsel in connection with the negotiation and management of collective bargaining agreements and related processes.

  • Assists in employment-related due diligence in connection with merger and acquisition transactions.

  • As an embedded member of the Human Resources team, provides legal and business perspective on human resource strategies and initiatives.

  • Assists the Chief Legal Officer in the development and management of Legal Department budgets, staffing plans and similar administrative matters



  • Bachelors degree and law degree (JD) from nationally recognized and accredited institutions; demonstrated record of academic achievement.

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of California and in federal courts in the Southern District of California; admission to the California State Bar required.


  • Minimum of six (6) years relevant labor and employment experience within a law firm or in-house; experience with healthcare organizations strongly preferred; experience as a member or leader within a human resources department a plus.

  • Demonstrated outstanding judgment and solution orientation, with a track record of serving as a key member of a complex organization; ability to influence major decisions having legal ramifications through reasoned analysis.

  • Demonstrated superior legal talent with the ability to counsel senior leaders on relevant labor and employment issues facing a large and complex health care system.

  • Demonstrated project management and leadership skills.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including the ability to clearly present complex issues and actionable solutions.

  • Ability to exercise judgment and diplomacy while addressing sensitive or challenging issues with internal or external stakeholders.

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.

  • Proven ability to work well with senior Human Resources and operating executives, leveraging strong intellectual, conceptual and analytical skills; effective at building consensus.

  • Models collegiality and collaboration; contributes to a positive work environment in which all employees feel highly valued.

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required and experience with other electronic databases strongly preferred.