Employment Compensation and Benefits Counsel

  • Remote, MD, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

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

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


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

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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