Employment Compensation and Benefits Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: Los Angeles, 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 looking for an attorney with a passion for all things comp and benefits to join our legal organization.  You will report to the Employment Compensation and Benefits Counsel Lead. 


You will:

  • Provide advice and counseling on a broad spectrum of issues regarding benefit plans and compensation programs, including: legal requirements for health benefits, wellness programs, perks, 401(k) plans, retirement, deferred compensation, and severance/executive severance, and the governance, interpretation and application of such plans, including appeals of benefits decisions

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

  • Provide advice and counsel on legal requirements for stock administration, including updates to equity award agreements and granting equity outside the U.S.

  • Work with partners to manage projects

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

  • Draft and review plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and employee communications, and assist with reporting

  • Conduct audits and support other compliance efforts

  • Provide guidance on executive compensation and separation including, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 409A issues

  • Draft and review incentive compensation plans and templates

  • Monitor legislation, regulations, case law, and government enforcement activities relating to benefits, executive compensation and disclosure matters, and assist with implementation and ongoing compliance with any new requirements

  • Help manage outside counsel on compensation and benefits matters

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

  • Work with local counsel to advise the People team and management on international compensation and benefits issues


You have:

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant law experience

  • Experience with M&A matters

  • International experience is a plus

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

  • Expertise in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

  • Expertise in executive compensation and governance matters

  • Knowledge of relevant tax laws, including IRC 409A and 162(m)

  • J.D. degree and membership in at least one state bar

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

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in person, manage their business, and access financing. Individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. And TIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that expands Square's purpose of economic empowerment to artists. Square, Inc. has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and the UK.

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