Counsel, Labor and Employment in Atlanta, GA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 6/1/2021

Job Snapshot

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    Atlanta, GA
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    Not Specified
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Job Summary

The Counsel, Employment & Labor will report to the Assistant General, Employment, Labor & Compliance and provide legal support to clients across Cox Media Group (CMG), with a focus on advising and counseling on day-to-day as well as non-routine employment, labor and related compliance matters, drafting and reviewing employment-related agreements, drafting position statements and other submissions to state/federal administrative agencies, conducting training, supporting internal investigations, and managing labor-related disputes and negotiations. The Counsel, Employment & Labor also will be responsible for responding to demand letters, managing outside counsel in defending against claims in a cost-effective manner, and working with the Legal Operations & Employment Practices Manager to establish and refine processes designed to create more streamlined workflows between the Employment Team and its internal clients, including People Solutions.

The successful candidate will have a proactive and strategic-focused mindset, strong counseling experience and excellent communications skills and be able to offer creative, legally-compliant solutions to issues that are presented.


  • Work closely with People Solutions to develop best practices, training, and labor and employment strategy
  • Provide timely advice on a broad range of day-to-day matters including hiring/background screening, leave of absences/accommodations, termination/discipline, wage and hour, immigration, and benefits
  • Manage union negotiations, contracts and related matters
  • Lead or assist in leading strategic-focused projects that have employment or labor law implications
  • Review, draft, and advise on employment-related agreements, including employment agreements and separation agreements
  • Assist and support employee and compliance investigations performed by People Solutions as well as perform such investigations, as needed
  • Draft position statements and other submissions such as responses to state and federal requests for information needed to respond to administrative agencies and handle related mediations
  • Stay abreast of developments in federal, state, and local employment and labor law and assist in the development and implementation of related compliance plans
  • Develop/update policies and guidelines in collaboration with People Solutions
  • Review and advise on compensation plans



What we look for

Qualifications (Knowledge, skills, and experience):

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the state bar in which the attorney resides or eligibility to practice as registered in-house counsel.
  • A minimum of 7 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney, comprised of law firm and/or in-house counsel experience. Must have some in-house experience, preferably at a media company.
  • Experience advising on matters related to Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, ADEA, NLRA, and equivalent state laws and proficient in handling and managing through issues related to restrictive covenants
  • Excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  • Strong work ethic and ability to perform in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to identify risk, problem solve, and offer creative solutions to mitigate risk
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a lean team, while empowering business leaders and colleagues and emphasizing accountability
  • Strong business acumen and excellent project management, collaboration, and problem-solving skills
  • Takes initiative and operates with a sense of urgency, decisiveness and responsiveness
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a large volume of concurrent projects



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