We’re hiring a HR Attorney in Columbus, OH

Company: 
Root is an insurance company founded on the simple idea that people who drive well are less likely to get in accidents, and that means they should pay less for insurance. With a small initial venture capital investment, Root was faced with the challenge of building the entirety of the technology necessary to run a car insurance carrier from scratch. Through applying techniques to gain significant engineering leverage in the short-term without compromising long-term velocity, the engineering team at Root was able to deliver successfully, creating one of the fastest venture-backed companies to ever reach a billion-dollar valuation. 

Progress: 
We’ve been in business now for four years. In those four years, we have become the fastest-growing auto insurance company, on a % growth in premium basis. Our most recent round of funding valued us at $3.65B and brought our total VC funding to $523M. In the last year and a half, we have grown our team from 88 to 716.

Values:
Embrace the love of the problem.
Question the norm.
Tackle the tough challenges head-on.
Have the uncomfortable conversations.
Ask forgiveness rather than permission. 
Judge on the merits of work.
Celebrate ambitious teamwork.
Lead with empathy. 
Filter the temptation to do the obvious. 
Invest, don’t spend.
Empower the customer to solve.

Culture: 
Root has been rapidly growing for the last few years. Our early signs of success are in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building it. We look for passionate problem solvers who can find solutions by moving through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity and rigor. We work together as one team and expect every team member to lead with empathy and courage.


Position: 
We are looking for an attorney with a passion for building modern and efficient solutions to classic employment challenges. Root currently has 716 employees working throughout 15 states. The ideal candidate will be excited by the rapid headcount growth and states we have expanded into. This scale and distribution have strategic business advantages but also creates unique employment challenges. Our goal is to provide governance and support to all of our employees in a way that feels empowering and not unnecessarily restrictive while also protecting the company. We are excited to find a leader who can guide us in the next phase of employment-related matters at Root. 

Reports to: General Counsel

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the People Team and managers throughout the company to counsel them on legal risks related to employment policies and decisions
  • Partner closely with People Team on employee complaints and investigations
  • Collaborate with other members of the company to develop and evolve scalable employment policies, practices, and programs
  • Partner with the People, Legal, and Finance teams to manage the day-to-day tasks related to the employee stock equity plan, including responding to employee questions, drafting employee communications and maintaining an online equity management tool
  • Prepare training materials and conduct training sessions regarding employment best practices
  • Stay up to date on changes in employment law throughout the country, striving to spot trends in their infancy
  • Assist in managing outside employment counsel as necessary
  • Be willing to travel from time-to-time as necessary
  • Provide preventive, proactive legal advice on a broad range of employment practice topics, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, performance management, employee discipline and separations, workplace investigations, severance programs, leaves of absence and accommodations, recruiting, hiring, benefits, wage and hour, compensation, employment and separation agreements, unemployment and workers’ compensation, and immigration issues
  • Draft, implement, and maintain template documents and procedures for employment matters
  • Negotiate and manage employment-related contracts (e.g., talent and employment agreements, separation agreements, recruiter agreements, employee management platforms), and report to Root’s team on general risk management matters related to our workforce
  • Assist with employment diligence in connection with potential business acquisitions, and support post-acquisition integration activities for completed transactions

Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience at a top law firm employment practice, secondment or in-house experience a plus
  • J.D. from a top-tier law school
  • Member in good standing of the OH Bar
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities, judgment, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Must be an independent and strategic thinker who is a strong team player (no job is too small or too large) and willing to take on additional responsibilities
  • Possess strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to handle high volume while balancing competing demands
  • Be able to weigh risks against operational needs to develop reasoned recommendations, including risk mitigation strategies, and provide sound legal advice
  • Have good judgment, a high level of professional integrity and discretion, tact and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour and FLSA exemption issues, matters relating to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, workplace investigations and documentation, disability, FMLA, restrictive covenants, and whistleblowing protections
  • Enjoy working in a fast-growing, disruptive business
  • Past in-house or outside counsel to a technology company is preferred

Get in touch

Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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If you’d like to be a part of what we are building but don’t see an opening that suits you, email us at [email protected].