Senior Employment & Labor Counsel

Western Connecticut Health Network - Danbury, CT3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $160,000 a year
About Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit


The Senior Counsel – Employment and Labor provides advice, counsel, education and strategic legal direction in the areas of subject matter expertise.

Span of Control:
A Senior Counsel may supervise an attorney, a paralegal or an administrative staff member

as determined by the General Counsel.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the General Counsel ("GC"), the Senior Counsel - Employment & Labor ("Senior Counsel") is responsible for representing the company and providing legal advice and counsel to internal clients regarding all aspects of employment law and regulation, including labor and employment relations, performance management, labor and employment policies, and employment litigation; labor disputes; employee benefits and compensation; providing training to all levels of the organization on employment and labor law matters; federal contractor compliance with OFCCP regulations; EEOC and CHRO matters and charges; diversity and inclusion initiatives; labor and bargaining initiatives and strategies, including significant union negotiations; and immigration matters. The Senior Counsel will also have responsibilities related to certain healthcare matters including contract negotiations; transactions; medical staff issues; employment and labor related matters concerning patient care issues and health care compliance and regulatory compliance matters.

The position will perform legal analysis and provide legal timely, effective and practical guidance in a fast-paced in- house setting under the direction of the General Counsel.


Provide legal strategy and direction for employment and labor issues for Nuvance Health, including day-to-day advice and counsel to management, HR Business Partners and C-suite clients, litigation, arbitration and administrative action oversight, labor disputes, negotiation of all collective bargaining agreements (7



Advise clients about the impact of recent regulatory and legislative changes and



Maintain current knowledge of federal and state health care law, with a particular emphasis on Stark Fraud and Abuse and Civil Monetary Penalty compliance. Provide guidance and counsel to network executives to mitigate risk in these



Collaborate on transactional matters, particularly physician acquisitions, including advising on employment agreements.


Acts as a consultant to medical staff regarding legal issues and concerns involving



Participate in committees and oversee the development of Nuvance Health policies and procedures that raise employment, labor and health law



Support the Corporate Compliance and Risk Management programs and provide legal advice related to compliance risk management



Lead multi-disciplinary teams on matters of significance with network-wide impact.


Oversee or lead complex compliance, Code of Conduct and/or employee relations investigations.


Negotiate employee, executive and physician Separation Agreements and advise on contractual matters relating to physician terminations.


Oversee the immigration function for the network.


Attend mediations and negotiate cost-effect resolutions to administrative charges and litigation matters.


Make presentations both inside and outside Nuvance Health and conducting teaching sessions for medical and professional staffs and other employees regarding relevant legal issues. Work directly with outside counsel on issues requiring specialized legal consultation and serves as liaison with outside counsel on referred legal



Engage, oversee and evaluate outside counsel on issues requiring specialized legal consultation, negotiate and control legal fees and serve as liaison with outside counsel on referred legal



Supervise paralegal and administrative staff



Perform other duties as assigned consistent with a lawyer with more than seven years’ experience in healthcare or related



Fulfills all compliance responsibilities related to the position.

Other information:
Leadership Competencies:

nfluencing skills -

Ability to lead an organization using influence, rather than possessing direct authority of others, being sensitive, yet direct in both verbal and written communications.


anaging complexity -

Ability to lead and drive results in a complex organization, achieving alignment between often conflicting priorities, initiatives and people.


Build through integrity and trust.

Functional/Technical Skills Requirements:
Legal Expertise in Assigned Areas


trategic/Analytical Capability


xcellent research and writing skills


ollaboration within the Legal Department and with all clients

Highly developed communication skills to effectively work with all levels of management throughout the system

Ability to take initiative and exercise independent judgement, decision making and problem solving expertise

Education and Experience Requirements:

emonstrated and specialized subject matter expertise in employment and labor law


inimum twelve (12) years of experience in employment and labor law or other applicable legal discipline

Juris Doctorate

License, Registration, or Certification Requirements:
Admission to either the Connecticut or New York Bar (both preferred), or a willingness to become admitted.

Location: Danbury-24 Hospital Ave

Org Unit: 294

Department: Legal Services

Work Type: Full-Time

Standard Hours: 40.00

FTE: 1.000000

Work Schedule: Day 8

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: Yes

  • Substance Control Registration
  • Physician
  • Doctorate (Professional)
Working conditions:
  • Some manual skills / motor coord & finger dexterity
  • Some occupational risk
  • Medium to Heavy effort. May exert up to 35 lbs. force
  • Some exposure to dirt, odors, noise, human waste, etc.
Western Connecticut Health Network and its affiliates are Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and therefore eligible employees may qualify for forgiveness of certain federal student loans under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Qualified Applicants are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other classification protected under applicable Federal, State or Local law.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable accommodation requests only). Please provide all information requested to assure that you are considered for current or future opportunities.