Palo Alto, California

As an integral part of the West Coast Human Resources Department this position will advise, consult and lead in planning, developing and making recommendations in the areas of organizational development, recruitment, on-boarding, employee relations, training and development, performance management, benefit programs, leave of absence administration, employee engagement and compensation. The Human Resources Supervisor plays a significant role in overseeing the complex life cycle of an employee. A strategic partner to the Palo Alto Office Administrator and management team in short and long-term goals and initiatives.

  • Supports Human Resource Manager with compliance of current state and federal employment laws; attends employment law seminars as needed. Proactively anticipates potential changes to employment laws, including the impact of relevant court decisions, and advises stakeholders accordingly. Assures that Firm employment, safety, employee relations, and equal opportunity policies and practices comply with the applicable provisions of federal and state labors laws, including appropriate record keeping and file maintenance.
  • Manages staff leave of absences. Evaluates issues and recommends solutions to the Human Resources Manager in the area of Leave of Absences. Maintains subject matter expertise in various employee leave programs and state and federal legislation. Counsels employees regarding individual leave of absence needs.
  • Supports Office Administrator and Managers in providing employee relations coaching and counseling. Works closely with department heads and supervisors in reviewing employee relations activities and conducting employee counseling sessions. Recommends appropriate course of action and disciplinary discussions to Human Resources Manager.
  • Plans and implements the annual performance management process. Partners with and advises the Office Administrator and Human Resources Manager during the compensation and bonus review process, including researching and compiling market and historical data together with recommendations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of labor market trends and recommends competitive salaries for new hires, transfers, and promotions.
  • Develops and facilitates professional development training programs for professional staff in conjunction with Office Administrator and Human Resources Manager.
  • Conducts full-cycle recruitment for exempt and non-exempt positions, student internships, and temporary/contract employees. Maintains job postings, conducts and coordinates interviews, completes employment references and verifications.
  • Ensures recruitment efforts are in compliance with OFCCP regulations and are consistent with a government contractor status.
  • Participates in annual audits of job descriptions, internal processes and documentation; ensures accuracy of responsibilities, consistency and compliance with FLSA requirements.
  • Maintains employee profile information and attendance tracking using Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) database.
  • Acts as subject matter expert in time-keeping/wage and hour process improvements and audits/reporting. Works with department heads and supervisors to support time-keeping compliance.
  • Oversees employee departure process, including providing information to departing employees, maintaining and preparing the necessary paperwork, conducting exit interviews, and maintaining and communicating results of exit interviews to Human Resources Manager. Creates analytics with exit data and analyzes results with Office Administrator and Human Resources Manager.
  • Regularly interfaces with New York Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits and other employees throughout the Firm in order to appropriately administer Firm policies.
  • Proposes changes to existing policy and procedures, as needed and as part of the annual Handbook review process to ensure policies are appropriate, compliant and easily understood.
  • Budgets, proposes and launches employee and Firm special events and functions.
  • Produces and develops Human Resources/employee reporting needs including quarterly reports for the Office Administrator and Human Resources Manager.
  • Collaborates with Office Administrative Assistant to coordinate various office-wide Live Well Work Well programs.
  • Maintains employee records and departmental files in accordance with departmental procedures and Human Resources and state and federal record keeping requirements.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Palo Alto, California

With 23 offices, approximately 1,700 attorneys and more than 50 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients include approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small, entrepreneurial companies and nonprofits. Skadden’s attorneys and staff share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest-quality and most cost-effective legal services in an atmosphere emphasizing teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity.

Our History

Founded as a three-lawyer shop in Manhattan in 1948, Skadden rose to prominence in the ’60s and ’70s by taking on the proxy fights and hostile tender offers that white-shoe law firms deemed “ungentlemanly.”  We leveraged our success in that area to build one of the world’s preeminent law firms, offering clients in every major international financial center solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law.

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