Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment in Washington, District of Columbia at Danaher

Date Posted: 10/5/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job ID: COR001586

About Us

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.


Description

The Senior Counsel, L&E is responsible for providing guidance and assistance in connection with a wide variety of employment and labor law issues in the United States.  On the employment side, the L&E Counsel will:
  • Provide guidance and support regarding the legal aspects of the employment relationship with our associates and the compliance with the myriad federal, state, and local laws that govern this relationship and the workplace including those concerning discrimination, wage and hour, immigration and “whistleblowing” 
  • Assist U.S. OpCos in HR-related investigations/audits including overseeing third party investigators, supporting internal OpCo investigators and sometimes personally conducting such investigations
  • Help educate (through training and other means) our Human Resources community about the requirements imposed by applicable Executive Orders and OFCCP regulations, including affirmative action plan requirements and will also provide support and guidance in connection with OFCCP audits as applicable  
  • Represent our operating companies before various federal and state government agencies and manage charges filed by associates with such agencies (e.g. EEOC, DOL, NLRB, etc.), including preparation of position statements, responding to information requests, managing the administrative investigation process and playing a key role in any mediation or litigation of such charges
  • Assist in the management of certain employment litigation including the development and execution of effective litigation management and settlement strategies; manage the discovery process; and ensure proactive legal advice is effectively and efficiently delivered in order to mitigate present and potential future risk and exposure  
  • Work effectively with outside counsel and report effectively on matters to the VP & Chief Counsel, L&E
  • Prepare training and educational materials and conduct training for the U.S. HR community about various employment and labor best practices
  • Prepare various employment-related agreements, such as separation, contractor, and fixed term agreements
  • Review, revise and prepare HR operating company policies and handbooks
On the labor side this person will assist in union awareness activities and in keeping our facilities union free.  In plants where we have unions, this person will provide legal support to the operating company in connection with union matters ranging from contract negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance and arbitration matters. 

Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with the VP & Chief Counsel - L&E as well as US OpCo Legal, HR and business leaders in providing legal advice and guidance on wide-ranging employment and labor issues
  • Develop and proliferate best practices that meet labor and employment regulatory requirements and that deliver efficient and broad impact
  • Provide regular, clear communication of US employment and labor issues and opportunities to VP & Chief Counsel - L&E
  • Obtain positive results in disputes with employees and as a collaborative team member of the Danaher L&E Legal Team 
  • Keep abreast of US employment/labor law developments in the statutory and regulatory arena and communicating pertinent and value-added information to the HR community to ensure compliance and minimize risk. 

Job Requirements



Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school, preferably one recognized for graduating top lawyers
  • Must be an experienced L&E attorney who has worked in both a major law firm and in-house in positions of responsibility for a variety of substantive L&E areas for the U.S. 
  • 10 -12 years of L&E practice (with at least 2-3 in-house preferred) with substantial responsibility in leading a variety of L&E issues to conclusion including employee disputes, dispute resolution (litigation, ADR), labor negotiations, and internal investigations
  • Expert substantive knowledge of major U.S. employment and labor laws and regulations
  • Significant experience in HR-related investigations and management of investigations and project management 
  • Preparation and presentation of L&E training/educational materials to HR audience
  • Significant experience with federal contractor regulations, AAP and OFCCP audits a big plus
  • Ability to effectively present to large HR and business groups
  • Experiences that suggest an ability to function independently and effectively in a complex, matrixed organization a must
  • Ability to travel domestically as needed, perhaps as much as 25-30% of time in some periods 

Critical Success Factors:
  • Able to work independently and at same time exercise sound judgment about communicating pertinent issues and matters to the Chief Counsel - L&E and/or appropriate business leaders
  • Able to communicate and explain the federal and state employment environments and situations to HR and business leaders who possess varying degrees of sophistication about legal matters and able to take business concerns and demands into account in various situations
  • Able to provide and apply legal recommendations and advice in pragmatic and implementation-oriented manner 
  • Intelligent, analytically precise and articulate, and possessing excellent oral and writing skills
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume, frequently changing environment
  • Able to command the respect of, and influence, HR and business leaders and internal and outside counsel across a wide spectrum of experience and sophistication
  • Displays ability to hold to professional opinions and convictions and take stand on critical issues
  • Consistent demonstration of ability to timely define and analyze problems, assess risks, and recommend legally sound and well-reasoned practical solutions, including in situations of high complexity and ambiguity and incomplete information  
  • High integrity and ethics in all dealings – internal, external, and personal.  Collaborative, team-oriented, and non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external political dynamics
  • Embraces new challenges and enjoys learning
  • Sense of humor, openness to learning, resilient


Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.