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Senior Counsel - Employment Law

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Date Posted: Nov 1, 2022

Location(s): New York, New York, US, 10166

Company: MetLife


Role Value Proposition: 


This position will provide labor and employment law advice and counsel in support of the Company’s operations globally.  The attorney will be a key strategic advisor to HR and business leaders and serve as a critical link between the business lines, HR and the Law Department.  


Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide advice on full range of employment law issues, including hiring, discipline, termination, compensation and benefits
  • Draft employment contracts, separation agreements and other employment documentation relating to employee population, some based outside of the United States
  • Review and provide guidance on drafting and development of HR policies and procedures globally
  • Lead or provide assistance with internal investigations
  • Defend, supervise and manage employment related claims and litigation, including managing outside counsel, responding to administrative charges, complaints, attorney’s letters, settlement demands and claims globally.  Negotiate appropriate resolutions to claims and other pending matters
  • Provide support to maintain, determine and/or remediate legal compliance issues impacting the company’s global operations from a total employment law, compensation and benefits perspective
  • Assist in developing, implementing, improving and reviewing legal compliance projects and training.  Assist with preparing or conducting training programs
  • Assist and support all aspects of MetLife’s M & A activities as they relate to employment matters
  • Provide, at times, advice and counsel in the area of global mobility, expatriate and international assignments and global immigration matters  


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  •   JD degree and bar membership in any state bar  
  •   7+ years of relevant labor and employment experience required.  
  •   Strong leadership and interpersonal skills  
  •   Ability to deliver solution-oriented advice  



  •   New York bar membership preferred  
  •   Experience handling international employment matters, including experience with Works Councils and Unions in foreign countries, a strong plus  



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.



MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


The wage range for applicants for this position is $147,000 - $196,000 This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


Nearest Major Market: New York City