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Employment Law and Data Privacy Counsel

$210,000- $390,000/ year
Posted Apr 19
Full Time
On Site
San Jose, California

At Infinera, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. Your actual base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location. This role may be eligible for equity grants, discretionary bonuses, or commission payments. The amount of these incentives is based on the terms of the Company’s incentive plans, the Company’s financial performance, and/or individual employee job performance. Infinera also offers paid leave, medical,  dental, and vision coverage, 401(k), life, and disability insurance and to eligible employees.


Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:

  • Offer proactive, preventative, and strategic legal and compliance advice and counsel on a broad range of labor, employment, and data privacy law matters including, but not limited to, the hiring process, compensation, employee relations, background checks, discipline and termination, diversity and inclusion, accommodations, leaves of absences, employee benefits.
  • Coordinate and manage external local and international counsel with an eye toward minimizing outside counsel expenses and meeting budget.
  • Proactively monitor legal, regulatory, and governmental emerging trends in employment law and data privacy, and conduct research as needed to provide relevant advice and ensure compliance with international, federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions.
  • Partner and coordinate with relevant business teams to timely identify and implement recommended policies and practices.
  • Draft, review, and revise agreements, policies, practices, processes and other labor and employment and data privacy related documentation and partner with relevant stakeholders to support compliance with and implementation of same.
  • Prepare and/or conduct employment law and compliance training programs as needed.
  • Support employment related dispute resolution and litigation, including any EEOC, state, local agency, or foreign employment-related claims.
  • Support corporate investigations as assigned.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance relating to Infinera’s long-term strategy for privacy compliance; global privacy laws; data breaches; and cybersecurity.
  • Manage employment law aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, internal restructurings, and other transactional activity.
  • Manage at least one FTE, possibly in a non-US jurisdiction.
  • Manage other matters as assigned.


Minimum Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • A minimum of 7 years of law firm and in-house experience, primarily in the areas described above in Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities.
  • Strong, substantive knowledge of and experience in federal and California employment laws and regulations including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, WARN, FEHA, EEO laws, wage and hour and other federal and local laws affecting the employer-employee relationship.
  • Be able to successfully integrate with and provide strategic counsel to Human Resources teams.
  • Ability to work independently and manage priorities efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possess strong client relations, interpersonal, and analytic skills, and the ability to communicate both in writing and verbally in a clear, concise and professional manner with all levels of management regarding complex issues.
  • Experience managing employees and the ability to navigate time zones as required.
  • Prior experience in multi-cultural environments, including supporting a multi-national Human Resources team, managing international employees, managing international transactions, and the ability to navigate time zones as required is strongly preferred.


Education and Licenses Required:

A J.D. degree from an accredited law school and a current license in good standing to practice law in the State of California.

Infinera is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Infinera complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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