Employment Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

When we launched the little white reader, we invented mobile, ubiquitous payments and enabled anyone to start, run, and grow a business. Ten years and billions of transactions later we’re reimagining commerce for businesses of all types and sizes—we’re enabling the independent electrician to send invoices, helping the beauty salon pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Square is seeking a highly motivated attorney with a passion for all things employment to join our legal organization.

You will:

  • Provide advice and counseling on a broad spectrum of employment law issues, including: recruiting, inclusion and diversity issues, employee relations, performance management, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour, pay equity, internal investigations, compensation and benefits, privacy, contingent workforce issues, and immigration

  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders and manage projects with a team-oriented approach

  • Evaluate employment practices, policies, and processes to assess and execute priorities, and ensure compliance

  • Draft and review employment related agreements and templates

  • Investigate and respond to claims, demand letters, administrative complaints, audits, and other employment related inquiries 

  • Conduct audits, classification reviews, and support other compliance efforts

  • Perform due diligence and advise on employment aspects of M&A projects

  • Assist in managing outside counsel on labor and employment matters, and manage employment litigation as needed

  • Assist in developing and conducting training and education programs for employees, managers, and the People team 

  • Collaborate with local counsel to advise the People team and management on international employment and immigration issues


You have:

  • Minimum 5 years of employment law experience, with prior in-house experience preferred

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a growing legal team and cross-functionally with members at all levels of the organization

  • Strong interpersonal skills, team-oriented attitude, and superior attention to detail

  • Ability to evaluate risk in light of business and practical considerations and make clear recommendations

  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple time-sensitive tasks effectively and independently

  • Experience with international issues and/or M&A is a plus

  • J.D. degree and membership in at least one state bar (preferably California)

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible. Perks At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes: Healthcare coverage, Retirement Plans, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Meal reimbursements, Wellness perks, Paid parental leave, Flexible time off, Learning and Development resources