Enterprise Employment Attorney at Upwork

Location: Remote, US
| Full-time

Enterprise Employment Attorney

at Upwork


Upwork ($UPWK) is the world’s work marketplace. We serve everyone from one-person startups to over 30% of the Fortune 100 with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential.

Last year, more than $3.3 billion of work was done through Upwork by skilled professionals who are gaining more control by finding work they are passionate about and innovating their careers.

You’ll join the award-winning Upwork Legal Team. We are a collaborative, trusting and high-performing team that loves to work on state-of-the art legal issues and generate practical solutions. The team has a passion for what we do that has been recognized in the industry.

This is not your average in-house opportunity. It’s ideal for employment counsel seeking to make a direct business impact beyond HR support. In this position, you will focus on global worker classification and employment law compliance support for our Upwork Enterprise Suite, which is used by nearly 20% of the Fortune 500 and growing. You will monitor legal developments and partner with our Enterprise teams to provide high-caliber contingent workforce solutions for large companies.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Provide end-to-end legal support for our Upwork Enterprise Suite with a focus on advising on global worker classification and employment law compliance.
  • Partner with the Sales, Solutions, and Success teams to enable client growth through supporting contract negotiations and client calls.
  • Partner with the Enterprise program teams to address clients’ needs and concerns around account configuration, which may touch upon a diverse range of legal issues, such as worker classification, custom compliance tasks, and background checks.
  • Support the growth and expansion of the Enterprise program teams by developing legal practices, processes, and trainings to enable and equip.
  • Partner with the Upwork Payroll team to enable client adoption of the Upwork Payroll Solution and advise on issues concerning U.S. and global staffing agency employment law compliance.

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 4 to 6 years’ experience practicing employment law, including Am Law 100 experience.
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois or state of residence.
  • Expertise in contingent workforce legal issues, including federal and state employment law.
  • Nuanced legal analysis and advisory skills to provide advice and options to meet myriad business needs.
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally with business and other partners across the company.
  • Staffing industry or relevant in house experience.
  • Expertise in any of these areas is a plus: international employment law, contract law, FCRA/background check compliance, or payroll taxes.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally.

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We are a remote-first organization working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. While we have physical offices in San Francisco and Chicago, currently we also support hiring of corporate full-time employees in 15 states in the United States. Please speak with a member of our recruitment team to determine whether you are located in a state in which we are hiring corporate full-time employees.

Our vibrant culture is built on shared values and our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We foster amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias toward action. We encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and grow together through development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. Oh yeah, we’ve also got amazing benefits.

Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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