Employment Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: San Francisco, United States

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. 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 engaged attorney with a passion for all things employment to join our legal organization. You will report to Employment Counsel Lead. 

You will:

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

  • Work with company-wide partners and manage projects with a team-oriented approach

  • Evaluate employment practices and policies to accomplish 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, employment classification reviews, and support other compliance efforts

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

  • Help manage outside counsel on labor and employment matters and employment litigation

  • Help develop and conduct training and education programs for employees, managers, and the People team

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


You have:

  • Minimum 8 years of employment law experience, including background advising on California employment matters, with prior in-house experience preferred

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Experience working within a growing legal team and with partners at all levels of the organization

  • Strength in evaluating risk in light of business and practical considerations and make clear recommendations

  • Experience analyzing and providing advice on state, federal, and local wage and hour compliance

  • Employment litigation experience

  • Experience with international issues or M&A

  • Degree and membership in at least one state bar (preferably California)

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of 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.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources