Labor & Employment Counsel

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Labor & Employment Counsel

PEAK6 is a leading investment firm headquartered in Chicago. More than 20 years ago, we were one of the first firms to develop sophisticated proprietary technology in our trading business. Today, we leverage our technical ingenuity and operational ability across a number of investment areas, spanning early- to mid-stage growth capital, operational control, trading, and sports management. Over the years, we have built and operated several leading financial technology firms and today our team includes a digital wealth clearinghouse, an outsourced provider of flood insurance, an e-sports organization, a value investment arm and more.

We pride ourselves on our relentless attention to detail and place an immense value on our client services and ownership mentality. Our team is scrappy, high energy, and dedicated to maintaining high standards, while maintaining our ability to stay cool under pressure.

As a member of our Legal team, you’ll have a big impact on the firm by providing strategic L&E legal advice across our various businesses. In this role, you will work closely with PEAK6’s HR partners to accomplish the firm’s workforce objectives while minimizing risk across various personnel matters, including performance management, reductions in force, talent acquisition, leaves of absence and accommodations, EEO/affirmative action; employee benefits, compensation and rewards, and learning and development, among other areas. The Labor & Employment Counsel will also be responsible for managing outside counsel retained to represent PEAK6 in L&E litigation and providing L&E support on key business initiatives and HR projects.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Human Resources Support: Provide employment-related legal advice and counsel to PEAK6’s HR professionals and internal business clients on a broad range of state and federal employment law issues spanning the entire employee life-cycle, from recruiting to terminations and discipline, performance management, reductions in force, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, drug testing and background checks, etc.; train and advise HR on recent developments in employment law; investigate employee matters, including concerns involving misconduct, harassment, and discrimination claims, and recommend remedial actions and outcomes to internal business and senior management; ensure wage and hour compliance through overtime, meal & rest break and employee classification audits.
  • Employment Documentation: Review and draft various employment-related documents, including employee agreements, offer letters, settlement agreements, separation agreements, demand letters, and responses to the same; review and update employment policies, including employee handbooks, compensation plans and guidelines and employee communications.
  • L&E Diligence: Provide direction to and collaborate with other Legal team members on employment-related projects, including due diligence reviews for M&A transactions.
  • Internal Dispute Resolution: Draft and submit position statements, responses to information requests and other responsive submissions in state and federal administrative agencies matters; represent PEAK6 and/or its portfolio companies in mediations, arbitrations and/or lawsuits; negotiate and draft settlement and separation agreements; respond to and resolve pre-litigation demands.
  • Outside Counsel Management: Supervise outside counsel in L&E matters, including establishing case strategy and overseeing other dispute management tasks; manage outside counsel spend to budget.
  • Cross-Departmental Relationships: Develop and maintain effective working relationships and open channels of communication with key members of leadership across the broader organization.

You’ll gain loads of experience in this role but before you do, you should have:

  • Minimum 4 years of labor & employment and/or benefits practice; law firm experience required.
  • Employee benefits experience strongly preferred.
  • Excellent business judgment with the ability to provide sound legal advice, which reflects an understanding of PEAK6’s overall business objectives.
  • Ability to effectively manage outside counsel.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and satisfy numerous competing demands.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to professionalism and integrity.
  • Self-motivated and ability to complete matters without supervision; must be able to work independently and be execution-oriented.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • JD degree from an accredited law school; member of the Illinois State Bar in good standing.
  • Some travel required.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Location

141 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

An Insider's view of PEAK6

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

This is very important and luckily, we feel it’s something attainable for our employees. We have a generous time off policy, in addition to other affiliated vacation perks and leave benefits.
For example, to help employees save time on conventional tasks, we offer complementary services in the office, such as manicures, massages, and yoga classes.

Courtney Kuhnen

Human Resources Business Partner

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our developers are also a part of the decision-making process. We help our technologists take an interest in the business side of things - they know how the end product should work. Our developers know how the traders are going to use a product and after a product is delivered, the developer stays involved – making sure that things work efficently.

Rishi Kamath

QA Development Lead

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a big focus on career growth, especially for those in technology. Because of our size, there are opportunities to prove yourself and rapidly increase your responsibility on a team. And because of Peak6’s culture of constantly trying new things, there are often opportunities to get in at the ground floor of new ventures in a leadership role

Paul Whalen

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We organize “tech days” where employees are encouraged to work on tech projects of their choosing. Projects have ranged from mobile apps to Sega emulators to workflow improvements for our developers. Recently, tech days took the form of a more formal hackathon, in which technologists and traders teamed up to prototype several new trading tools.

Luke Peeler

Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I like working at PEAK6 because there’s always something exciting to work on and I’m always learning something new. It’s also a privilege to work with so many smart people that are never hesitant to act as mentors. Lastly, PEAK6 gives me the opportunity to wear many different hats – I’m never restricted to working on just one thing.

Sean Lester

Software Engineer

What are PEAK6 Perks + Benefits

PEAK6 Benefits Overview

We provide good flexibility in terms of work-life balance, an open and candid atmosphere, and development potential as the company continues to grow. You can really advance your career at PEAK6, while working in a great space, surrounded by friendly people, and learning new things daily.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer generous medical, vision & dental plans, including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer annual wellness screens and flu shots at no additional cost to employees.
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the FFC-affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade at a discounted rate and free access to yoga classes at Bottom Line Yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
PEAK6 offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Adoption Assistance
PEAK6's adoption assistance program provides employees with reimbursement for up to $5,000 (per child) of adoption expenses.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Employees with 5 years of service accrue four weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8-week Sabbatical, as well as adding up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the U.S. financial markets are closed, PEAK6 is closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Our employees wear casual attire like jeans, button-down shirts, and t-shirts. On any given day, many employees will be wearing branded PEAK6 clothing.
Commuter Benefits
PEAK6 offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employee through WageWorks, as well as a Zipcar discount.
Company Outings
PEAK6 has themed social events throughout the year as well as a popular annual company party known for featuring surprise, high profile stars like Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers and Keith Urban.
Free Daily Meals
For three Fridays a month, employees enjoy noshing on bagels. For the remaining Friday, employees are treated to a free "Expiration Date" lunch.
Game Room
We host (in office) ping pong, cornhole, and poker tournments. Our employees enjoy a rooftop bar/deck that also includes a game room.
Stocked Kitchen
PEAK6 has a fully-stocked kitchen that includes a cereal bar, coffee bar, a variety of healthy food choices and drinks, as well as an abundance of snacks to put a rumbling stomach to rest.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
The Culture Club at PEAK6 works to host themed social events throughout the year.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: table tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
PEAK6 is firmly committed to learning and development as a way to grow and develop employees.
Tuition Reimbursement
At the discretion of management and after completing one full-year of employment, we reimburse up to $8,000 per employee each calendar year for certifications and other educational programs or degree.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a dedicated team of employees who volunteer to be a part of our Culture Club. This group works to connect employees through delightful experiences while making a positive impact on PEAK6 life. The Culture Club plans many social and philanthropic employee events throughout the year.

We host bi-annual hackathons as a collaboration of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams to develop, build, and present new ideas to the firm. The teams are free to explore solutions to problems in and outside of finance. One hackathon resulted in the creation of a new internal system for setting up meetings and booking rooms.
Additional perks include:
-Matching gift up to $1000/employee/year
-Free semi-monthly massage day
-Free monthly manicures, pedicures, and mens clip and clean
-Free onsite yoga 5 days a week
-Free concierge service
-Discounts: Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

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