Employment Legal Counsel

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
You'll join the award-winning Upwork Legal Team. We are a collaborative, trusting and high-performing team that loves to work on state-of-the art legal issues and generate practical solutions. The team has a passion for what we do that has been recognized in the industry.

This rare in-house opportunity is ideal for employment counsel seeking to make a direct business impact. You will focus on 50-state and global worker classification and employment law compliance support for our Upwork Enterprise suite, which is used by nearly 20% of the Fortune 500 and growing. You will monitor legal developments and partner to provide high-caliber contingent workforce solutions for large companies.

Your Responsibilities:
  • Provide legal support for our Upwork Enterprise Solution with a focus on worker classification and U.S. and global staffing agency employment law compliance.
  • Partner with the Sales team to enable client growth through supporting contract negotiations and assisting with client calls.
  • Support our Hybrid Workforce Solutions team and our Upwork Payroll Solution through conducting legal assessments and vetting global staffing agencies.
  • Partner with the Enterprise team to address clients’ needs and concerns around account configuration, which may include a diverse range of legal areas, such as worker classification, custom tasks, and background checks.
  • Help our Marketing teams craft informative content on legal and industry topics and our product offerings.
  • Support Human Resources including HR Operations and Recruiting.

What it takes to catch our eye:
  • Demonstrated experience practicing employment law, including Am Law 100 experience.
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois or state of residence.
  • Expertise in contingent workforce legal issues, including federal and state employment law.
  • Nuanced legal analysis and advisory skills to provide advice and options to meet myriad business needs.
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally with business and other partners across the company.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to explain complex concepts for a variety of audiences.

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