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Counsel - Labor Employment and Litigation

Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28273

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.

OUR COMPANY

JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD), founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 22,000 employees operating in 24 countries globally. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminium windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodelling of residential homes and non-residential buildings. 


Our products and services afford us the opportunity to enter peoples’ workplaces, homes and daily lives. With this privilege comes great responsibility to ensure that the products we deliver are reliable and enrich the places and lives that they touch. We bring beauty and security to the spaces that touch our lives.

 

We act with integrity, invest in people, inspire through innovation, deliver on our promises and improve every day. We are seeking talented individuals who share this purpose and values and want to excel in their field of expertise. We offer excellent benefits, a collaborative environment in which to apply your talent and a dynamic and growing company, with exceptional career progression opportunities.

 

This position will work closely with Legal colleagues, JELD-WEN Human Resources, and other colleagues within various functions.  The role will act as a junior legal counsel responsible for (1) advising colleagues on labor and employment matters with specific focus on the North American region and (2) assisting the litigation function through management of records. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide practical labor and employment-related legal advice and counsel to the company's Human Resources professionals and company management. This responsibility includes legal research and oral and written advice on a broad range of employment and labor law issues, e.g., terminations and discipline, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, wage and hour considerations, harassment and discrimination investigations and outcomes, and labor union practices
  • Assist in managing litigation and outside counsel. Respond to demands, threats of litigation, and information requests and represents the company in labor & employment, products liability and general litigation.
  • Lead records requests (subpoena, employee requests, discovery) processes to ensure timely and complete collection and delivery of required records
  • Assist in development and drafting of policies and other communications for employee audiences
  • Develop and deliver training to HR partners and other colleagues on employment trends and compliance subjects
  • Partner with HR to design of internal investigations; analyze legal and factual issues; conduct legal research; independently develop and present recommended legal strategies and case handling
  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging legal developments, trends, and innovations
  • Other duties as assigned

This role will primarily support the Associate General Counsel and the Senior Counsel for Labor & Employment within the Legal department in the management of litigation and handling of all labor and employment related matters in the company both with and without assistance of outside counsel. This role is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and local candidates are preferred.


Skills & Other Requirements
 

  • 1 – 3 years expertise in employment law and litigation generally
  • Ability to determine and understand the company’s objectives and risk tolerance and to incorporate the information in making legal decisions
  • Ability to conduct and analyze legal research to determine applicable legal principles
  • Knowledge of and ability to analyze effect of company policies on business activities
  • Clearly articulate ideas, opinions, and information, in spoken and written form
  • Ability to adjust priorities in response to unanticipated events
  • Close attention to detail
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with maturity and professionalism
  • Friendly, upbeat, with a great attitude and willingness to learn
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels

Experience and Education
 

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Admitted to state bar and in good standing
  • 1 – 3 years of substantive labor and employment and litigation experience (employment defense litigation is a plus)

JELD-WEN does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. #LI-TG1

JELD-WEN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Unless explicitly requested or approached by JELD-WEN, the company will not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services


Nearest Major Market: Charlotte