Global Director of Human Resources – Relations, Policy & Compliance

Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Human Resources
Work Arrangement
Posted Min Pay Rate
USD $300,000.00/Yr.
Posted Max Pay Rate
USD $340,000.00/Yr.
Position Type
Job ID

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation, and collaboration.  

About the Role

The Global Director of Human Resources – Relations, Policy & Compliance is an integral part of Latham’s Human Capital & Talent team. This role will be responsible for leading all aspects of the global employee relations team for Latham & Watkins, while acting as a lead advisor and business partner to the firm’s senior leadership teams (e.g., Chiefs, Directors of Administration, Human Resources leaders), interpreting and overseeing the application of human resources policies and procedures, and acting as a subject matter expert related to updates or changes to current employment laws, regulations, and executive orders across the firm’s global platform. This role will be located in our New York office. Please note that this role may be eligible for a flexible working schedule that allows for a hybrid and in-office presence. Frequent travel may be required.  

Responsibilities & Qualifications

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing employee relations strategies, policies, and programs aligned with the firm’s strategic priorities, culture, and values
  • Overseeing and acting as the primary point of escalation for practice office HR teams regarding employee matters related to performance management and conflict resolution, including formal procedures, ensuring prompt resolution in line with the firm’s policies and standards, and in accordance with applicable legal requirements within local jurisdictions across the globe
  • Leading and conducting thorough investigations into complex employee matters, ensuring fairness, impartiality, and compliance with legal requirements
  • Advising business leaders, line managers, and supervisors directly on employee relations matters, including performance management, disciplinary actions, and conflict resolution
  • Overseeing the Global Human Resources Compliance team to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and jurisdictional requirements on required notices and postings, firm policies, recruiting and hiring procedures, immigration and work authorization matters, separation letters and severance agreements, and mandatory reporting

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Demonstrate expertise in legal and regulatory factors including relevant employment laws
  • Possess the ability to think strategically, influence, and drive business objectives
  • Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of Human Resources functions

And have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in employee and/or labor relations
  • A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience at a professional services organization

Benefits & Additional Information

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding career opportunity and welcoming environment, but will also be provided with a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program which includes:


  • Healthcare, life and disability insurance
  • A generous 401k plan
  • At least 11 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure
  • Well-being programs (e.g. mental health services, mindfulness and resiliency, medical resources, well-being events, and more)
  • Professional Development programs
  • Employee discounts
  • And more!


Additionally, we have a range of diversity programming including Global Affinity Groups. These groups provide a firmwide platform to share experiences and advice as well as an opportunity to participate in a supportive network with common interests to help make life at the firm even better.


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Latham & Watkins is committed to diversity, equal opportunity, sustainability, and pro bono legal services. We draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms, and advance these commitments through the work of our Global Citizenship department. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. Our diversity makes us who we are. 

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Pay Range

USD $300,000.00 - USD $340,000.00 /Yr.


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