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Employment amp Benefits Attorney

Company name
Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Oct 03,2019

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Our Laboratory is searching for a talented Employment & Benefits Attorney.

The Employment & Benefits Attorney within the Legal department demonstrates a strong business partner mindset to deliver high quality representation, counsel, and advice to Laboratory management on all employment and benefit-related matters. 

In this role you will:

  • Contribute functional employment law expertise to support business objectives and collaborate with Laboratory and University colleagues to manage risks.
  • Develop and implement strategies for providing accurate and timely guidance on a wide range of employment related issues, focusing on employee benefits, retirement plans, ERISA, HIPAA compliance, employment law, and (at times) data privacy issues.
  • Develop policies, guidelines and training materials in partnership with Human Resources and other Laboratory departments.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of employment related documents in support of Laboratory objectives.
  • Manage employment related claims, litigation and related matters including the retention and management of outside counsel or other experts.
  • Manage complex projects and matters from inception through resolution and implementation.
  • Deliver all legal services using a consultative and collaborative approach and model accountability and responsiveness by communicating proactively and meeting service commitments timely.
  • The Employment and Benefits Attorney will develop relationships across the Laboratory and University that enable them to be a true strategic partner to the Laboratory’s programmatic and operations divisions.
  • Maintain a focus on operational excellence in implementation of specific objectives supporting strategic initiatives.
  • Support special projects as assigned by the General Counsel including compliance, litigation management, reporting and other strategic projects.
  • The Benefits and Employment Attorney will protect the interests of the Laboratory and the University from potential legal cost exposure related to employee benefit plans and employment-related adverse claims.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Knowledge of the legal requirements governing employee benefit plans, including ERISA.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of employment –related legal issues including wage and hour and Title VII and labor relations.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to think through critical information and make informed recommendations in a thorough and well organized manner.
  • Skill in negotiation, client service and ability to interact effectively with Argonne personnel, take ownership of problems and drive issues to closure, manage and influence committees.
  • Skill in legal draftsmanship, ability to perform legal research, advocacy, or and written communications, and to manage and influence committees.
  • Skill in developing interpersonal relationships to effect compromises, to function under time constraints and pressure, and to recognize potential issues and make sound legal judgments.
  • Experience conducting training sessions and creating effective presentation materials.
  • Ability to take initiative and exercise good judgment, communicate effectively, drive tasks to closure, and focus on client service.
  • Working knowledge of HIPAA compliance, PII, PHI and data privacy issues.
  • Knowledge of general law and DOE Federal Contractor Laws and Regulations.
  • Experience in actively managing outside counsel.
  • The ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously and across various department and Laboratory silos.
  • Knowledge of Argonne`s organization structure, policies, procedures, and administrative systems.
  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs).
  • Steward of Lab resources.
  • Passion for the mission of the Lab.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • Ability to obtain security clearance as required by the Laboratory.

Company info

Argonne National Laboratory

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