ERISA Counsel



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2023

Who We Are

At Justworks, you’ll enjoy a welcoming and casual environment, great benefits, wellness program offerings, company retreats, and the ability to interact with and learn from leaders in the startup community. We work hard and care about our most prized asset - our people.

We’re helping businesses get off the ground by enabling them to focus on running their business. We solve HR issues. We’re data-driven and never stop iterating. If you’d like to work in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment, are interested in building something meaningful and having fun while doing it, we’d love to hear from you.

We're united by shared goals and shared motivations at Justworks. These are best summed up in our company values, which are reflected in our product and in our team.

Our Values

If this sounds like you, you’ll fit right in.

Who You Are

Justworks is looking to add a dynamic lawyer to the team as ERISA Counsel to focus on the Company’s ERISA offerings, compliance, and expansion, reporting to Senior Counsel. We are seeking a highly motivated, engaging lawyer with health plan and retirement plan experience. This role will involve working with people in different levels of the organization, formalizing processes, and improving the benefits compliance program.

Your Success Profile

What You Will Work On

The ideal candidate will have strong contract drafting skills and be business savvy with a firm grasp of both legal and financial concepts. This is a position that is perfect for a highly qualified lawyer looking to transition to an in-house opportunity in a high growth company.

  • Work with other Justworks teams, including Core Benefits Unit, Product, Engineering, Finance, Customer Success, Marketing, Payments/Tax Unit, and Sales relating to various legal and compliance matters
  • Prepare and enhance Justworks policies and standard operating procedures on plan administration and compliance
  • Educate stakeholders on legal matters and policies
  • Review and revise health & welfare and 401(k) plan documents, as appropriate
  • Negotiate commercial contracts and assist with corporate matters and transactions
  • Monitor and analyze regulatory developments and best practices in ERISA areas and prepare and conduct training and employee education, as needed
  • Assist with various legal matters and perform other tasks as assigned from time to time
  • Work on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the Company
  • Work closely with carriers, 401(k) recordkeeper, and manage outside counsel relating to various matters
  • Help drive compliance program awareness and handle other related responsibilities
  • Other duties as needed based on department and/or organizational needs

How You Will Do Your Work

As ERISA Counsel, how results are achieved is paramount for your success and ultimately result in our success as an organization. In this role, your foundational knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes are anchored in the following:

  • Clear communication - The ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to gain understanding.
  • Ethical practice - The ability to integrate core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
  • Detail-oriented - Exercising extreme attention to detail; you’re thorough, accurate, organized, and productive and seek to understand both the cause and effect of a situation.
  • Manage complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Risk assessment - Apply a logical step-by-step process to protect, and consequently minimize risks to, the organization, interests and employees.


Education & Experience:

  • JD degree from an accredited law school and admitted to New York bar, or qualified as an in-house lawyer.
  • A minimum of 5 years of substantive legal experience in ERISA matters with a corporate legal department and/or a nationally recognized law firm
  • Must possess a superior knowledge and application of contract and business law with strong legal analysis skills
  • Sound business judgment in managing contractual risk and exposure
  • Committed to being a legal business partner to internal clients
  • Relevant experience with DOL/IRS audits and compliance filings preferred
  • Government experience, particularly at the DOL or IRS, could also be a plus
  • Familiarity with employment law matters a plus
  • Compliance certification (e.g., CCEP) a plus


  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Detail-oriented
  • A collaborative, team player with a positive attitude
  • Team player with the ability to work with all levels of the organization,
  • Ability to foster good business relationships (internally and externally)
  • Occasional travel is required

Visa sponsorship for this role is currently not available.

The base wage range for this position based in our New York City Office is targeted at $175,500.00 to $193,050.00 per year.

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Actual compensation is based on multiple factors that are unique to each candidate, including and not limited to skill set, level of relevant experience, and specific work location. Salary ranges for positions based in other locations may differ based on the cost of labor in that location.

For more information about Justworks’ Total Reward Philosophy, including all of the perks and benefits we are proud to offer our team members, please visit Total Rewards @ Justworks.

Diversity At Justworks

Justworks is committed to maintaining a workplace where diversity of identity, culture, and life experience is the norm and is celebrated authentically and respected consistently. Diversity in our work, our people, and our product drives creativity and innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and integrity, competitiveness, and collaboration throughout our business and in the market. We depend on our differences to make our team stronger, our workplace more dynamic, and our product accessible to all of our customers.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or familial status, disability, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

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