Position Summary

The Benefits Counsel role in the Labor & Employment Group of Deloitte’s Office of General Counsel ("OGC") provides legal advice to the Rewards, Recognition, and Wellbeing organization as well as to various stakeholders and business leaders of the Deloitte U.S. Firms on compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) as well as other applicable federal, state, and local laws governing employee benefits, including all aspects of retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements. 

Work you’ll do

  • Provide legal advice on questions related to the design, implementation, compliance, and administration of various qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements
  • Review plan reporting and disclosure including but not limited to plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and Form 5500s
  • Negotiate employee benefits related vendor and administrative services agreements
  • Provide benefits support for M&A transactions including due diligence, purchase agreement review, and post-transaction implementation
  • Manage and respond to plan-related inquiries from regulators
  • Review and advise on participant plan administrative claims and inquiries
  • Manage benefit-related litigation, including working closely with and supervising outside counsel

The individual in this role must:

  • Be able to present information and advice, verbally and in writing, to other attorneys and clients at all levels of the organization
  • Be a self-starter, possess highly developed writing, communication and advocacy skills, strong counseling and negotiating skills, and be able to manage multiple matters simultaneously
  • Have good judgment and the ability to provide creative and practical solutions to complex problems affecting multiple businesses
  • Have well-developed organizational and time management skills
  • Stay up to date on benefits related legal developments such as new regulations or relevant case law

Required Basic Qualifications

  • Hold a JD or LLM from an accredited U.S. law school and be licensed to practice law in the United States
  • Minimum of 5 years of legal experience as a licensed attorney practicing employee benefits law in a law firm or comparable in-house setting
  • Deep technical knowledge of ERISA, the IRC, and other applicable employee benefits laws and regulations
  • Experience with legal research and analysis, complex problem-solving, and consensus building
  • Experience litigating and/or managing outside counsel in benefits-related litigation
  • Working knowledge of IRC 409A and other executive or incentive compensation tax rules a plus
  • The position will be based in Deloitte’s offices at 1221 Avenue of the Americas in New York. Most Deloitte professionals operate in a hybrid workplace model that optimizes a combination of virtual and in-person interactions. We are intentional about when we co-locate with each other and our clients for maximum impact while empowering our people to preserve the flexibility that they desire. Ability to travel up to 20%, on average, based on the work you do, the clients you serve, and the OGC meetings you attend
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship, now or at any time in the future.

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in New York City, Deloitte is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This compensation range is specific to New York City, Jersey City, State of Colorado, and the State of Nevada and takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs. At Deloitte, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $188,635 to $314,390.

You may also be eligible to participate in a discretionary annual incentive program, subject to the rules governing the program, whereby an award, if any, depends on various factors, including, without limitation, individual and organizational performance.

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Professional development

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As used in this posting, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

Requisition code: 126527

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