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Consumers Energy Employment and Benefits Attorney in Lansing|Grand Rapids|Saginaw|Flint|Kalamazoo|Alma|Royal Oak|Battle Creek|Midland|Bay City|Cadillac|Traverse City|Hamilton|Sparta|Livonia|Owosso|Hastings|Norton Shores|Kentwood|West Branch|Big Rapids|Clare|Clinton Township|Fremont|Benzonia|Greenville|Ludin, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Consumers Energy is Michigan's largest energy provider, delivering electricity and/or natural gas to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Its Purpose is World Class Performance Delivering Hometown Service, and the company is a leader in the nation’s transition to clean energy sources. This attorney position will support that Purpose by providing world class legal services—primarily to the company’s People & Culture department—while working collaboratively with employees and contractors across the organization.

This is a dynamic role for an attorney with experience in employment and employee benefits who thrives with a significant amount of variety in their day-to-day responsibilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting numerous people-focused areas of Consumers Energy, as well as other affiliates of CMS Energy. You would be joining a leading-edge energy company that has received numerous awards, including as a top employer for women’s contributions, disability inclusion, military veterans and LGBTQ equality.

The Employment and Benefits Attorney will be the principal and sole attorney who will:

• Give timely, thorough and accurate counsel and strategic advice to the company in all areas of employment law, including EEO, anti-harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, leave rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful termination, disciplinary issues, co-employment, and non-competition issues.

  • Counsel clients in connection with ongoing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and act in support of those goals while ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

  • Address matters involving labor relations in connection with the company’s unionized workforce, such as legal support for collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and representing the company in union arbitrations.

  • Develop well-researched and documented recommendations to clients related to employment-related matters, including ongoing knowledge of changes in the legislative or regulatory environment.

  • Apply a demonstrated history of drafting and negotiating a wide variety of employment-related contracts and other sophisticated legal documents.

  • Advise on the company’s executive compensation programs.

  • Supervise and manage outside counsel in employment-related litigation.

• Support the company’s defined benefit and defined contribution plans, both qualified and non-qualified.

  • Attend and provide legal representation at the company’s Benefits Administration Committee meetings.

  • Provide legal support and advice in drafting, reviewing and editing various plan-related documents, including summary plan descriptions.

• Exercise exceptional legal and analytical skills; understand the importance of client objectives and display excellent judgment in advising clients.

• Be comfortable serving as a single point of contact who pulls in subject-matter experts as necessary and allocates projects to staff at appropriate levels in the legal department.

• Possess the skills to identify legal and business risks, and recommend concise, clear and practical options to clients, while recognizing that risk-free solutions are infrequent.

• Work independently while having a collaborative mindset; in addition to working under pressure, show initiative, understand how to prioritize assignments, and embrace a fast-paced environment.

• Communicate comfortably with senior management as well as employees across all levels and areas of the company.

• Maintain confidentiality commensurate with the sensitive nature of this work.

Requirements

• A Law Degree from an accredited law school.

• Excellent academic credentials.

• Licensed to practice law in Michigan, or eligibility for timely admission without examination.

• A minimum of 2 years of legal experience in employment law as described above.

The following experience will set you apart from other applicants:

• Performance of compliance audits or otherwise working with the DOL, IRS, and Health & Human Services.

• Experience in employment litigation.

• Significant work with ERISA matters.

This position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

Hours and Travel:

Initially this position is likely to be fully remote, consistent with the company’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the effects and spread of COVID-19. Even after normal work conditions resume when COVID-19 is acceptably mitigated, the legal department intends to continue encouraging acceptable remote-work arrangements on an ongoing basis, consistent with the company’s evolving policies for the performance of office work in an empowered and agile environment based on individual circumstances. Some in-person work will eventually be required, as well as occasional travel for off-site meetings, appearances in court or before administrative tribunals, training or between company locations. This position requires and provides a flexible schedule, which may include work during evenings, weekends and holidays.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel or crouch; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must lift and move up to twenty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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