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Employment And Labor Legal Counsel - Houston, TX
United State Of America
Apr 02, 2019
Salary: Negotiable
Experience 4.0-8.0 years
Job Category Legal Jobs
Employment Type Full time
Industry Oil & Gas
Skill Legal
Role Other legal Jobs
Designation Other
Education High School Diploma
No. of vacancies 1
About Company

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With around 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories, Shell helps to meet the world's growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

Job Description

Job Description

This position is for a labor and employment attorney with four or more years of experience seeking an entry level in-house legal position. The successful candidate will provide professional, timely, cost effective and practical legal advice and counsel to the HR function and Shell companies in relation to the full range of United States labor and employment law matters.

In conjunction with the US Labor, Employment and Benefits Team, the successful candidate will provide advice and counsel regarding labor and employment law to all Shell businesses operating in the US, covering approximately 18,000 employees, as well as employment law advice relating to HR policies that pertain to the global Shell group of companies. Responsibilities include providing advice and counsel in all aspects of labor and employment law, managing compliance with a wide range of federal and state employment laws, including the NLRA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, and FMLA, and coordinating advice and input from other internal advisors.

This position reports to the Associate General Counsel, North America Corporate, Finance & HR/Benefits, located in Houston, Texas. The Legal Corporate team within Shell Legal provides legal advice and services on corporate, finance, HR and benefits matters. The successful candidate will join a US team of three labor and employment and two benefits attorneys. 

The successful candidate will also be involved in continuous improvement and standardization and simplification initiatives being undertaken by the wider Legal Corporate team in which the US Employment and Benefits team sits. 

While mediation is an important aspect of this role, litigation and arbitration is addressed through our Litigation department.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • J.D. from an accredited law school required.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a labor and employment attorney.
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, or able to obtain license in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Familiarity and experience with federal and state labor and employment laws, including the NLRA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and comparable state statutes. Experience with federal and state regulatory agencies, including DOL, EEOC, and NLRB.
  • Experience providing advice and counsel regarding workplace issues, including recruitment, employee relations, accommodations, employee leave, investigations, employment agreements, reductions-in-force and employment policies.
  • Strong negotiation and counseling skills.
  • A solid grounding in providing advice on the full range of US employment law issues that are likely to arise in relation to employees of Shell companies working in the US.
  • The candidate should have a sound ability to provide concise, accurate, and up to date legal advice in a commercial environment.
  • Experience providing advice and counsel regarding traditional labor law matters, including union elections, collective bargaining and unfair labor practice proceedings, is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and negotiation skills and ability to distil complex legal concepts into pragmatic and user-friendly advice.
  • Ability to collaborate well in a team environment with both internal and external stakeholders from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently without the assistance of outside counsel.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate flexibility.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including with senior level executives and overseas colleagues.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

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