Employment Counsel

  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: New York, United States

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

Block is seeking an experienced employment attorney with a passion for all things employment to join our Legal organization. You will report to the Head of Employment Legal, and provide advice and counseling across a broad spectrum of employment law issues in the US, and internationally.

You Will:

  • Provide advice and counseling on employment topics including recruiting, DEI, internal investigations, internal communications, performance management, leaves of absence, accommodations, wage and hour, pay equity, terminations, reorganizations, redundancy, and role eliminations.
  • Investigate and respond to claims, demand letters, administrative complaints, audits, and other employment-related inquiries.
  • Advise on the employment aspects of special projects, such as corporate reorganizations, restructuring, and M&A (including performing and/or responding to due diligence).
  • Develop and conduct training for employees, managers, and the People team.
  • Keep up-to-date on employment laws and provide timely and proactive updates to stakeholders.
  • Conduct audits, employment classification reviews, and support other compliance efforts.
  • Collaborate with team members and manage projects with a collaborative approach.
  • Evaluate employment practices and policies.
  • Draft and review employment related agreements and templates.
  • Manage outside counsel on employment matters.


You Have:

  • J.D. degree and membership in California and/or New York.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience focused on employment law.
  • Prior in-house experience.
  • Experience as an employment litigator, representing companies in disputes.
  • Experience with class, collective, and representative actions.
  • 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 analyzing and providing advice on federal, state, and local wage and hour compliance.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a growing legal team and with members at all levels.

Even Better:

  • International experience, which can include liaising with local counsel
  • Strong professional references
  • Experience supporting M&A matters
  • Experience supporting corporate reorganizations and restructuring
  • Experience with California wage and hour matters

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $245,100 - USD $299,500
Zone B: USD $227,900 - USD $278,500
Zone C: USD $215,600 - USD $263,600
Zone D: USD $208,400 - USD $254,700

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information. 

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans including company match 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance 
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees) 
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits 

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

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, veteran status, 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, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


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