Attorney - Labor & Employment

Southwest AirlinesDallas, TexasFull TimeRemote


Southwest will provide a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.

The Labor & Employment ("L&E") Attorney is responsible for providing legal counsel and advice on traditional labor and employment law matters that arise from the day-to-day operations of Southwest Airlines. The L&E Attorney also represents the Company as lead counsel in labor arbitrations and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies. The L&E Attorney comprehensively manages a wide variety of legal actions. The L&E Attorney interacts on a regular basis with Senior Leaders in the Organization on strategic and legal matters related to workplace and employment law issues.
 
WORK ACTIVITIES/CONTEXT:

Functions as a labor and employment law subject matter expert. Stays current with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Provides practical, compliant, and strategic legal advice and counsel on a full range of employment law issues, including issues arising under the FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, USERRA, OSHA, WARN, LMRDA, and other federal, state, and local employment laws.
Provides practical, compliant, and strategic legal advice and counsel on a full range of labor law issues under the Railway Labor Act, including interpretation and advice on multiple collective bargaining agreements, representation disputes, "major" and "minor" disputes, and concerted activities.
 
Negotiates on behalf of the Company with various labor organizations.
Serves as lead counsel in labor arbitrations and in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local agencies.
 
Writes post-hearing briefs, positions statements, legal memoranda, and other papers on labor and employment law matters.
 
Conducts legal research on a wide-range of labor and employment law topics.
Strategically and in a cost-effective manner, manages and partners with outside counsel in arbitration and litigation matters.
 
Assists other Departments of the Company in reviewing legal issues, including personnel, employee relations, and labor relations issues.
 
Provides training and direction to Leaders throughout the Company on employment law and compliance matters.
 
Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.
 
May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders.

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate and law degrees from accredited schools required, as well as high academic standing.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
At least 5 years of successful experience in labor and employment law as a licensed practicing attorney with a mid-sized to major law firm or in-house legal department required, including experience as a first-chair attorney presenting jury trials or labor arbitrations as well as experience providing legal counsel and advice on a regular basis directly to senior executives and HR professionals on labor and employment law topics.
 
LICENSING/CERTIFICATION:
  • Must be a current member in good standing in at least one State bar association
PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
  • Ability to perform work duties from [limited space work station/desk/office area] for extended periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to bend, stand, and sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to travel long hallways in large buildings and in between campus buildings
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES/WORK STYLE:
  • Ability to perform work duties from [limited space work station/desk/office area] for extended periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to bend, stand, and sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to travel long hallways in large buildings and in between campus buildings
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.
  • Must be willing to travel when required (e.g., to support the Company’s airport development and other projects)
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule to include non-business days and hours as needed to meet client needs
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by start date to comply with Executive Order 14042, which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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