The Senior Counsel, Benefits Compliance will be an integral member of the Human Capital Management legal team (HCM Team), reporting to the Vice President, Managing Counsel, HCM Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice related to ADP’s employee benefits products and service offerings.
Possess substantive knowledge related to employee benefits, including ERISA, ACA, COBRA, FSA, and HIPAA, state equivalents and related regulations and the impact of those laws and regulations on employee benefits and related services; employment law expertise a plus.
Provide advice and guidance regarding compliance issues that arise in the business units, supporting the development of compliance programs as needed, coordinating performance of compliance responsibilities, and providing compliance training.
Position will generally support all ADP products and business units on HCM compliance matters related to employee benefits compliance.
Interface with all levels of Global Product & Technology (GPT), business unit and Corporate management.
Act as a legal contact and compliance team escalation point for compliance issues related to employee benefits matters.
Exercise substantive judgment and risk-based decision-making for HCM compliance requirements, provide general legal advice on questions / issues in assigned substantive compliance risk areas, and prepare any necessary work product to provide required guidance within ADP or to ADP clients.
Perform due diligence in substantive HCM compliance risks areas for potential new acquisitions and compliance reviews for potential new third-party partners, applications or products.
Advise on changes in operational models for products and services which would minimize compliance risk, as well as business risk.
Experience in managing and writing compliance policies, communications and trainings programs.
Some travel may be required.
Member of corporate Legal Department.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and law degree (Juris doctorate) from an ABA accredited law school.
Bar membership required (can be limited in-house counsel license in local jurisdiction).
Minimum of 8 to 10 years of legal practice, preferably with a top law firm or corporation.
Strong relevant employee benefits legal experience, with expertise in employment law a plus.
Must possess strong legal analysis and risk assessment skills and judgment, with ability to analyze new and existing laws and regulations, and apply those laws in a practical and risk-based fashion to operationalize business processes and procedures or establish and implement product requirements.
Must have strong legal drafting skills with a meticulous attention to detail and form.
Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), SharePoint, and GRC technology solutions.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work under pressure and meet critical deadlines are necessary.
Must be a motivated self-starter with the ability to manage a transaction to completion and proactively anticipate issues or problems that may arise.
Must possess good interpersonal skills and be able to interface effectively with all levels of ADP management and associates and demonstrate ability to be assertive while maintaining diplomatic and professional demeanor.
Ability to work under pressure and meet critical deadlines.
Must have excellent time management and project management skills, be able to manage/prioritize multiple projects and balance quality with expedience.
Global approach with a desire and ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Preference is for position to be based in Northern New Jersey, however will consider certain other ADP locations such as Alpharetta, Georgia, or Miami, Florida.