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Cengage Group Employment Counsel in Boston, Massachusetts

We believe in the power and joy of learning

At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery

Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see https://www.cengagegroup.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity/ .

Reporting to Cengage Group’s Assistant General Counsel, Employment & Litigation, the primary objective for this position is to provide counsel and legal support to HR and management with respect to employment matters.

Core Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice and counsel to HR on all aspects of day-to-day employment-related matters, including hiring and termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour issues, conflicts of interest, employee investigations and performance management.

  • Analyze reductions in force and reorganizations with sensitivity to minimizing legal risks and identifying potential liabilities.

  • Advise on compensation issues such as FLSA classification, pay equity and bonus plans.

  • Provide legal support in the areas of leaves of absence and ADA accommodations.

  • Draft, review and implement employment-related policies and procedures with focus on compliance with federal, state and local laws.

  • Create and maintain employment-related contract templates; negotiate and advise on employment-related contracts.

  • Review and advise on independent contractor classification issues.

  • Keep updated on legislative changes and advise on necessary policy or process changes.

  • Respond to lawyer’s letters and negotiate severance agreements.

  • Assist in company acquisition/divestiture efforts as needed in areas of subject matter expertise.

  • Conduct HR training on various employment legal issues.

  • Supervise, manage and evaluate outside counsel on employment-related matters.

Skills/Knowledge/Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate

  • 3-5 years of experience as an employment lawyer

  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills

  • Ability to positively influence behavior of multiple stakeholders, as well as to successfully balance the interests of the customer with maintaining a good legal and fiscal position for the company

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to identify and resolve legal issues, possess knowledge of the business

  • Ability to work well as a team member and build rapport and trust with both internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment

  • Must possess highly developed organizational skills and be articulate, detail oriented and hard working

  • Ability/willingness to travel throughout the US as needed.

Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen (https://p.widencdn.net/pdvq6j/EEO_Policy_Statement_January_2017) and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice (http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/cengage/ybs5gt19ik/eeopost-merged.pdf) by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

If you are a Colorado state resident, please email jobpostinginquiries@cengage.com to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this posting’s job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response.

About Cengage Group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

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