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Waste Connections, Inc Associate Employment Counsel in The Woodlands, Texas

Job Title

Associate Employment Counsel

Employee Type

Employee

Requisition Primary Location

The Woodlands, Texas

Job Description

Position: Associate Employment Counsel

Reports to: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Location: Principal Administrative Offices, The Woodlands, TX

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 six million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers in 41 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 was founded in September 1997. Its Principal Administrative Offices are located in The Woodlands, Texas, 30 miles north of Houston.

At Waste Connections, culture is a critical component of our success. To us, culture matters. Our 16,000 employees are more empowered and more engaged than ever before as we continue to grow both internally and through acquisitions. Our managers in the field operate within a relatively decentralized structure, but look to our corporate and administrative offices for certain centralized services, including legal advice and counsel. The Legal Department looks for individuals who embrace servant leadership, and who are equally comfortable drafting and negotiating a contract or socializing with colleagues after work.

A Day in the Life of an Associate Employment Counsel at Waste Connections:

The Associate Employment Counsel is a highly motivated specialist in labor and employment law, able to 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.

Key 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.

Requirements :

  • 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 team environment and colleagues who embrace a “work hard, play harder” culture. Our compensation package is competitive and comes with excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, long term disability, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan. You’ll also be associating yourself with a company that likes to lead by example, through a strong presence in our local communities, charitable giving, sustainability initiatives and more.

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

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Who We Are

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. Our goal is to create an environment where self-directed, empowered employees strive to consistently fulfill our constituent commitments and seek to create positive impacts through interactions with customers, communities, and fellow employees.

OUR PEOPLE MEAN EVERYTHING TO US

Waste Connections is always working to protect the health of the communities we serve, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication that you bring to your job every day. Working here means you are a safety-minded individual who is making important contributions on a daily basis that will make a positive impact on those around you. We appreciate that you are a person of integrity who takes pride in the work you do.

Our Opportunities

BUILD TALENT FROM WITHIN

People who want to gain valuable professional experience will find that Waste Connections is a fantastic place to work. You’ll enjoy the opportunity for beneficial training and professional development opportunities that can help enhance your skills and lead the way to a more promising future.

LET’S REALIZE YOUR GOALS TOGETHER

Bring your passion to succeed and you’ll quickly discover that great opportunities are all around you. At Waste Connections, you’ll thrive if you are friendly, dedicated, and prefer a work hard/play hard culture that is focused on maintaining our reputation as the premier waste services company in the markets we serve.

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