Legal Counsel - Labor & Employment / General Law

Employer
Empower Pharmacy
Location
Houston
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 02, 2024
Closes
Jul 30, 2024
Practice
Litigation
Position
Counsel
Contract Type
Permanent
Company Overview

Empower is a visionary healthcare company committed to providing quality, affordable medication to millions of patients across the nation. We hold the distinguished position of being the largest 503A compounding pharmacy and FDA–registered 503B outsourcing facility in the country serving the functional medicine markets.

What sets us apart is our relentless focus on three core values: People, Quality and Service. Our dedicated team of professionals collaboratively works to break new ground in the fields of manufacturing, distribution and quality control, providing a uniquely integrated approach to healthcare. Leveraging our vertical integration of the pharmaceutical supply chain, state–of–the–art technology, and a commitment to excellence, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in medication accessibility and affordability.

You're not just starting a job; you're joining a mission. We believe in empowering our team to innovate, grow, and drive real change in the healthcare industry. If you're a forward–thinker who thrives in a fast–paced, transformative environment, Empower is the place for you. Here, you'll be encouraged to share your ideas, expand your skill set, and contribute to projects that genuinely make a difference. We prioritize the well–being of our team members, and we offer a supportive and engaging workplace where your contributions are not just recognized but celebrated.

Let's revolutionize healthcare, together. Join us and be a part of something extraordinary.

Position Summary

The role of Labor and Employment Counsel at Empower Pharmacy is integral to our commitment to fostering a workplace environment that values our employees and operates with the highest standards of legal compliance. This position is pivotal in guiding our organization through a broad spectrum of labor and employment law issues, ensuring that we uphold our core values of people, service, quality, and innovation. As a key advisor to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, you will provide strategic legal updates and expert advice on labor laws, employment practices, and immigration matters, influencing decisions that impact our workforce and organizational integrity.

You will actively contribute to labor and employment law proceedings, manage external legal partnerships, and collaborate with our Legal and Human Resources teams to address employee disputes and legal inquiries. Your role extends beyond legal counsel; it involves managing immigration cases and ensuring clear communication with our sponsored visa applicants, supporting our diverse workforce and reinforcing our commitment to inclusivity.

Joining Empower means joining a team dedicated to producing innovative medications that enhance lives and improve healthcare access. We prioritize legal compliance and ethical conduct, striving to create a workplace where every employee feels valued and supported. If you are a driven legal professional passionate about making a difference in a dynamic and inclusive environment, we invite you to apply. Together, we can continue to lead in healthcare innovation and uphold our mission of empowering healthier, happier lives through meticulous legal stewardship and dedication to excellence.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in a broad range of labor and employment law related issues involving Empower.
  • Provides expert and strategic legal updates and advice to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on labor and employment law and immigration matters.
  • Contributes to labor and employment law and immigration proceedings and other necessary legal activities as needed.
  • Manages outside counsel relationships and invoices.
  • Coordinates and assists Empower's Legal Team as necessary for investigations, anticipated or ongoing litigation, or other legal matters; coordinate with Human Resources to assist with the investigation and resolution of employee disputes.
  • Provides support on employment–related legal issues.
  • Manages immigration cases and provides clear communication to Empower's sponsored visa applicants.
  • Oversees sponsored visa applicants.
  • Reviews Empower policies based on potential and ongoing employment law matters and forthcoming changes to the law and regulations.
  • Engages comprehensively in legal tasks and matters including but not limited to litigation, regulatory/compliance, contracts/agreements, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to remain in a stationary position for a significant amount of the workday and frequently use their hands and fingers to handle or feel in order to access, input, and retrieve information from the computer and other office productivity devices. The employee is regularly required to move about the office and around the corporate campus. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Knowledge of general corporate matters preferred.
  • Excellent Business acumen and judgment.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively when required across the organization.
  • Strong customer service ethic to support the business.
  • Proven ability to adapt to a fast–paced environment.
  • Excellent task and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with all levels of management.
  • Ability to multi–task various projects and responsibilities .
  • Ability to work highly independently/autonomously with little to no supervision.
  • Ability to work on advanced, complex technical projects or business issues requiring state of the art technical or industry knowledge.
  • Ability to act in a leadership role for legal project/work groups.
Key Competencies:
  • Customer Focus: Ability to build strong customer relationships and deliver customer centric solutions.
  • Optimizes Work Processes: Know the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quality, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Ensures Accountability: Holds self and other accountable to meet commitment.
  • Situational Adaptability: Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match shifting demands of different situations.
  • Communicates Effectively: Develops and delivers multi–mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Experience and Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor degree required.
  • License to practice law in Texas.
  • Minimum of 3 years' relevant legal experience with labor and employment law matters.
  • Experience negotiating and drafting complex agreements required.
  • Experience with litigation, regulatory issues, contracts, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and/or finance is preferred; over 6 years' of relevant experience preferred.
Employee Benefits, Health, and Wellness
  • No–Cost Medication: Get your prescribed compounded medications at no cost, ensuring your health without the financial burden.
  • Onsite Health & Wellness – IV Therapy Drips: Rejuvenate with complimentary onsite IV Therapy drips, enhancing your well–being and energy levels.
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Options: Choose from three medical plans tailored to your needs, plus options for dental and vision coverage for you and your family.
  • Telehealth visits: Access board–certified Doctors anytime, anywhere for you and your family.
  • Paid & Volunteer Time Off: Enjoy paid time off for personal pursuits and contribute to causes you care about with volunteer time off.
  • Paid Holidays (8 scheduled; 2 floating): Celebrate with eight scheduled holidays and two floating holidays, giving you flexibility and time for personal traditions.
  • Life & AD&D Coverage: Secure your and your family's financial future with life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance.
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account): Manage healthcare expenses smartly with pre–tax dollars in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • 401K Dollar–for–Dollar Up to 4%: Invest in your future with our 401K plan, featuring a dollar–for–dollar match up to 4%.
  • Company Paid Long–Term Disability: Provided at no cost, which replaces 60% of your income if you become disabled for a long period of time.
  • Flexible Schedules: Balance work and life seamlessly with our flexible scheduling options.
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