Counsel, Labor & Employment

Bridgestone Americas
Posted Jan 30
Full Time
Nashville, Tennessee
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Company Overview

Wherever you work and whatever role you fill, when you represent the Bridgestone name you know that you are a valued teammate who is part of our larger mission to “Serve Society with Superior Quality.” We start by offering each teammate more than just a salary. We provide formal training, competitive performance incentives, paid vacation and holidays, healthcare packages for full-time and part-time employees, and a 401k plan to help build your future.

We believe people can only provide superior service and quality to others when they are allowed to bring their whole selves to work and know they are supported. We believe in championing all perspectives, individuals and teams because we understand the importance of seeing the world and our business through many different lenses. We are building a team as diverse as the world we serve. So, show us what you’re made of. Show us the smart stuff, the tough stuff, the bold, beautiful and brave stuff. Because who you are is what we need.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation headquartered in Japan. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand products to address the needs of a broad range of customers and industries.

Job Category

Legal, Compliance & Audit

Position Summary

As the Labor & Employment Counsel, you will join a nimble, collegial team of L&E professionals who support Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries in handling a variety of U.S. employment law challenges. We are driven to help others by proactively preventing and efficiently resolving employment law matters in a way that supports our organizational values, employees and business objectives. You will report to the Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment.

Responsibilities

  • Advising BSAM Human Resources on employment law matters under federal and state laws (e.g., Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, NLRA)
  • Monitoring legal developments to ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws
  • Drafting and revising policies
  • Investigating employment law claims to respond to EEOC charges, state agency charges, and claims under the Company’s alternative dispute resolution plan
  • Representing the Company in administrative proceedings
  • Drafting mediation statements, handling mediations, and negotiating legal settlements
  • Identifying the need for and conducting compliance training
  • Engaging outside counsel in an effective and cost-effective manner and managing litigation
  • Assessing legal risk and making recommendations to senior management
  • Traveling as needed to attend mediation and hearings and to conduct training

_Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

_ Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years experience (law firm or in house) and demonstrated knowledge of labor and employment
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, with the ability to synthesize complex legal issues to their essential elements
  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • License to practice law and in good standing in any U.S. state
  • Demonstrated experience, comfort and confidence to interact and relate well within a legal department, and build trusting relationships with HR and the senior leadership of BSAM’s operating units and subsidiaries
  • Demonstrated ethics and integrity, with clear understanding and adherence to ethical principles, company values, code of conduct, and policies. The L&E Counsel must walk the talk in terms of integrity and courage and candor, as well as active listening with a variety of corporate functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex legal issues, measure legal risk, and communicate guidance to management
  • The ability to supervise and manage outside counsel

Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a master’s degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience

_Bridgestone is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. It is our policy to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

_ Employment Eligibility

If hired, a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification must be completed at the start of employment. Temporary work authorization or the need for sponsorship may disqualify you from employment.