Associate Employment Counsel

Waste Connections, Inc., The Woodlands Texas


Job Title
Associate Employment Counsel Employee Type Employee
Requisition Primary Location
The Woodlands, Texas

Job Description

Waste Connections has an immediate opening for a highly motivated, results-oriented Associate Employment Counsel in the Legal Department in The Woodlands, TX. This specialist in labor and employment law will provide a wide range of employment-related legal services and advice to various departments and business units throughout the organization. The Associate Employment Counsel will work closely with Waste Connections' Employment Counsel, as well as its corporate and regional Human Resources teams.

Our Company

Waste Connections, Inc. (TSX/NYSE: WCN) is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets in the U.S. and Canada. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, Waste Connections is also a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource producing areas in the United States, including the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford Basins. Waste Connections serves more than seven million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers in 42 states in the U.S., and six provinces in Canada. The Company also provides intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections, Inc. was founded in September 1997. Its Principal Administrative Offices are located in The Woodlands, Texas, 30 miles north of Houston.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Providing legal services to various departments and business units with respect to a variety of employment-related matters around the U.S., including aid in investigation and defense of existing claims (e.g., response to demand letters, administrative charges, audits and other actions involving government agencies, arbitration and/or litigation), analyzing the Company's rights, duties and/or risks under various federal, state and local laws, and providing proactive advice to managers, Human Resources, and other personnel in the field. Specific legal issues commonly addressed include, but are not limited to:
    • Federal, state and local laws regarding equal employment opportunity (e.g., Title VII, ADA, wrongful termination, retaliation and/or whistleblower claims);
    • Pre-employment issues (e.g., FCRA compliance, ban-the-box and background checks);
    • Disability, reasonable accommodation, and issues related to workers' compensation;
    • Interplay and practical application of various leave laws and entitlements, including FMLA, ADA, and local leave laws;
    • Drug and alcohol testing issues, including requirements for DOT-regulated employees;
    • Compliance with the FLSA and other wage laws, including wage payment and overtime calculation under various pay methods, living wage and prevailing wage issues; and
    • Best practices for communication and documentation.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various agreements, including employment agreements, consulting and/or independent contractor agreements, and agreements with employment-related vendors ( e.g. , temporary staffing agencies and/or recruiting agencies).
  • Drafting restrictive covenants and other agreements for the protection of Company information, and sending cease and desist letters to violators and/or assisting in legal action as necessary to pursue and enforce the Company's rights regarding non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality.
  • Developing and/or updating various employment policies and/or forms, to ensure compliance with evolving employment laws.
  • Assisting with employment-related presentations or training as needed.
  • Answering subpoenas related to employment records.
  • Supporting merger and acquisition transactions, including employment-related due diligence and required employment and/or restrictive covenant agreements.
  • Assisting with managing relationships and services of outside attorneys, as well as correspondence and managing relationships with insurance adjusters.
  • Completing special projects as requested.


Qualifications
  • J.D., excellent academic credentials.
  • Active license to practice law in at least one state and active membership in good standing of the bar of at least one state.
  • 3+ years of experience practicing labor and employment law in a major law firm or corporation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dynamic and team-oriented.
  • Excellent analytical skills, with a strong ability to draft and review legal documents, and analyze and apply legal advice in a practical manner.
  • Hard working, well-organized and detail-oriented. Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters.
  • Willingness to learn and advise in other general law subject matter areas as needed, including immigration, OSHA, risk and workers' compensation, government contract and administrative law and compliance.


What's In It for You?

You will be joining a high profile team and a great company known for its "work hard, play harder" culture. Competitive compensation package includes base plus bonus and equity (restricted share units) opportunity.

We also offer excellent family benefits including: medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, long term & short term disability, life insurance, 401(k) retirement and unlimited opportunities to "Connect with Your Future."

For more information and to apply, please visit www.wasteconnections.com .

Waste Connections is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans)
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