Counsel - Hybrid

Oakland, CA
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is California's trusted, objective provider of actuarially-based information and research, advisory pure premium rates, and educational services integral to a healthy workers' compensation system. The WCIRB is a California unincorporated, private, nonprofit association comprised of all companies licensed to transact workers' compensation insurance in California, and has over 400 member companies. No state money is used to fund its operations. The operations of the WCIRB are funded primarily by membership fees and assessments.

To accurately measure the cost of providing workers' compensation benefits, the WCIRB performs a number of functions, including collection of premium and loss data on every workers' compensation insurance policy, examination of policy documents, inspections of insured businesses, and test audits of insurer payroll audits and claims classification.

The WCIRB employs approximately 175 people. The home office is located in Oakland, California.

Bring your legal expertise, communication, leadership, and people skills to the WCIRB.

As part of a small legal team, the Counsel works closely the Managing Counsel and Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer to anticipate, assess and work closely with business partners to address legal and business issues, identify risks and potential liabilities and develop well-reasoned and effective solutions. Counsel proactively anticipates and recognizes issues and proposes innovative and responsive solutions, is knowledgeable regarding the statutes, regulations, and procedures relevant to the WCIRB and is a resource for staff in all departments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide legal services in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to general business matters, regulatory compliance, privacy and security, litigation, intellectual property, contracts, records retention, subpoenas and document production, procedures documentation, analysis of legislation, risk management and governance.
  • Prepare cases on appeal to the Department of Insurance pertaining to the application of the Insurance Commissioner’s regulations.
  • Draft proposed revisions to the Insurance Commissioner’s regulations related to experience rating, the classification of risks and the reporting of workers’ compensation insurance data.
  • Perform internal quality assurance reviews.
  • Draft standard endorsement forms and policyholder notices; review insurer form filings for compliance with California law; and provide legal advice regarding endorsement form compliance issues.
  • Manage WCIRB intellectual property, including all copyright and trademark submissions.
  • Negotiate and draft WCIRB contracts.
  • Conduct staff training regarding a variety of legal topics.
  • Respond to requests for information from employers, agents and brokers, attorneys, governmental agencies and insurers.
  • Review external facing communications, publications, presentations, web postings and decisions prior to issuance to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct legal research on a wide range of issues and provide written analysis.
Education and Experience
  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Two to five+ years’ experience working as a practicing attorney, preferably within the insurance sector, in-house or as a litigator; background in contracts, compliance, privacy or risk management preferred.
  • Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California required
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to spot legal and business issues/risks and identify and effectively implement risk mitigation strategies with business partners
  • Must reside in the State of California

Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described in this section are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, as required by the ADA, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Job requires both approximately 90% sitting, 10% standing/walking.
  • Significant amount of time spent at a PC using keyboard and monitor.
  • Some travel may be required.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, as required by the ADA, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Significant interaction with other attorneys, WCIRB staff, the CDI, members and third parties require a cooperative and collaborative inclination.
  • Steady stream of analytical work, meetings, decision-making and research.
  • Work requires excellent attention to detail, accuracy, discretion, follow-through, and analysis of collected information.
  • Work occasionally requires assisting with the preparation of witnesses to give testimony in depositions, administrative hearings and in response to subpoenas, assisting in the taking of depositions, and representing the WCIRB at administrative and judicial proceedings.

Perks & Benefits

Our employees enjoy a state of the art, energy-efficient, open work environment that nurtures collaboration and creativity. At the WCIRB, we go the extra mile to keep our employees happy and healthy. Our perks include:

  • Hybrid work environment (40% onsite 60% remote)
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Competitive PTO Program
  • 401K and pension plan
  • Annual incentive plan
  • Social activities
  • Community volunteer involvement

Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. As such, the job description may be revised depending on the WCIRB’s needs. Further, this job description is a general summary of responsibilities and requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive of the responsibilities and requirements of this position.
Please note
that the WCIRB has enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all employees. Proof of full vaccination or an approved exemption or deferral is required of all employees, including new hires.

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