Assistant General Counsel or Senior Counsel, Employee Benefits @ Hartford Financial Services Group

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Job Description:

The Senior Counsel/Assistant General Counsel will work closely both with legal colleagues and partners in Human Resources, Procurement, Enterprise Risk Management, and other stakeholders to provide legal advice and counsel on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. This includes:

  • Providing legal advice on day-to-day benefit plan questions (including on qualified plan rules, ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules)
  • Providing guidance on participant claims, appeals and plan corrections
  • Participating on project teams, including for RFPs, new benefit offerings, changes in plan design or investments
  • Reviewing draft plan documents and summary plan descriptions
  • Advising about notice and disclosure requirements and reviewing employee communications
  • Researching and advising on benefit plan and executive compensation issues
  • Negotiating agreements with investment managers, consultants, service providers and other vendors
  • Providing advice and counsel to fiduciary decision-makers including support of investment committees
  • Closely monitoring the legislative and regulatory changes and benefits and executive compensation-related litigation
  • Counseling on Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and provide legal support for non-qualified deferred compensation plans
  • Providing advice on cash and long term incentive plans, draft documents and opine on administration questions and associated rabbi trusts and similar vehicles
  • Assisting with the preparation of the annual proxy statement


  • At least six years’ relevant legal experience.  Large public company experience preferred.  Required legal experience includes:
    • ERISA, qualified plan rules (with a focus on 401(k) plans) and Internal Revenue Code Section 409A issues, qualified plan investments
    • Benefit claims and appeals, nonqualified plan design and administration,
    • Executive compensation, including equity plans and awards, and cash incentive programs
  • Demonstrated judgment and decision-making ability
  • Track record of a collaborative professional style, with ability to build strong partnerships with colleagues, Human Resources partners and other stakeholders
  • Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Lexis-Nexis, Internet and Legal research, and Microsoft Office suite (MS Word, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Juris doctorate from accredited law school required
  • Candidate must be currently admitted to the bar in Connecticut or admitted in one of the 50 states and able to qualify as authorized house counsel in Connecticut

Experience Level: Senior
Work From: Hybrid

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