Counsel- Employee Benefits Law- Work at Home

CignaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFull TimeRemote

Remote, work at home, United States

This is a unique opportunity to join a highly engaged in-house global employment, benefits and compensation law team responsible for ensuring compliance with and counseling and supporting HR and management on employment, benefits and compensation policies, plans procedures, and practices affecting Cigna's nearly 70,000 + employees around the world.

This Counsel position is an individual contributor role that is part of a dynamic in-house legal team. The role reports to the Senior Counsel, Global Employment, Benefits and Compensation Law. The role will support employee benefits and compensation matters for the company, with a particular emphasis on Cigna’s health and welfare benefit programs for its employees.

This job is a good fit for a strategic and creative thinker who seeks to tackle challenging projects end-to-end, who thrives in a fast-paced environment, and who is energized by working collaboratively to deliver the best practical solution to an issue. To be successful, this individual must address the business needs of the organization while protecting the organization from risk. Successful candidates must work effectively on supporting the employment, benefits and compensation law team, but also on developing and managing relationships with business clients at all levels of the organization.

As a member of the global employment, benefits and compensation law team, an ideal candidate will be expected to:
Support other attorneys on the team in providing strategic advice and collaboration regarding benefits and compensation law matters to the Human Resources team. This position will require experience with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and other benefits and compensation related laws, particularly as they related to health and welfare plans and programs.
Advise on targeted HR issues to ensure sound practices and legal compliance.
Counsel on various health and welfare plan issues and support Cigna's wellness programs.
Support Cigna's HR Operations function regarding payroll tax issues in a dynamic and ever-changing environment
Draft and review various documents, including policies, procedures, plan documents, communications, legal memoranda and correspondence.
Collaborate with senior counsel to provide legal support to Cigna’s benefits fiduciary committees, including attending committee meetings and drafting meeting minutes.
Conduct legal research to ensure Cigna is providing our innovative HR benefits and compensation offerings in accordance with best practices in the locations where we conduct our business.
Support the development and implementation of internal practices and policies to ensure ongoing compliance with applicable laws and regulations at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Participate in and help facilitate internal training sessions.
Forge strong relationships with internal clients and external counsel.
Partner closely with employment, benefits and compensation law colleagues.
Effectively direct, manage, and develop outside counsel where needed.
Employ highly polished and effective communication, listening, and writing skills, with a focus on interaction with and reporting to senior attorneys, managers and executive leadership within a global and matrixed organization
Participate in and contribute positively to the Cigna Legal community

J.D. degree and active Bar membership
Minimum of 3-4 years of employment and/or benefits law experience at a top firm and/or in-house
Demonstrated expertise in health and welfare and wellness plan issues
Experience with ERISA fiduciary issues and legal support of ERISA fiduciaries
Global experience is a plus
Experience with payroll tax issues and state and local payroll tax rules is a plus
Ability to distill and present complex legal issues to non-lawyers
Demonstrated good and practical judgment
Team focus
Learning agility and intellectual curiosity
Willingness to take on difficult projects

This position is not eligible to be performed in Colorado.

About Cigna
Cigna Corporation exists to improve lives. We are a global health service company dedicated to improving the health, well-being and peace of mind of those we serve. Together, with colleagues around the world, we aspire to transform health services, making them more affordable and accessible to millions. Through our unmatched expertise, bold action, fresh ideas and an unwavering commitment to patient-centered care, we are a force of health services innovation. When you work with us, or one of our subsidiaries, you’ll enjoy meaningful career experiences that enrich people’s lives. What difference will you make?

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, age, disability, sex, childbirth (including pregnancy) or related medical conditions including but not limited to lactation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by applicable equal employment opportunity laws.

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