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HR Compliance Specialist

Job ID: 5490

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions


The Compliance Specialist (“Specialist”) will work with the Chief Human Resources Officer and other members of the HR leadership team to plan and implement the Human Resources (HR) department’s approach to complying with federal, state, and local employment-related regulatory requirements.  The Specialist will has a lead role in in delivering, maintaining, communicating  and updating Human Resources policies and procedures on a firmwide basis. The Specialist also oversees the offboarding process for sensitive departures.  

  • Identifying, analyzing, and communicating new employment-related legal requirements and updates to existing requirements;
  • Organizing, communicating and tracking documentation related to key departures;
  • Surfacing issues to Senior Management and recommending potential compliance strategies;
  • Providing a consistent method for maintaining, communicating and updating HR policies and procedures on a firmwide basis;
  • Supporting Human Resource management and counsel in responding to and resolving complaints;
  • Collaborating across functions to support HR-related projects and initiatives;
  • Managing the content of the web-based employee policy manual;
  • Preparing/submitting filings for all government reporting and internal monitoring purposes, including EEO reports;
  • Coordinating change initiatives driven by legal demands; and

Other duties as assigned.


  • For most positions, the below description will suffice. Please discuss with HR if you think you have a position where the below will not be applicable.
  • “This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.”

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • The ideal candidate will have 5+ years HR experience; HR generalist experience a plus. 
  • A four-year degree in a related field and/or PHR certification preferred. 
  • Familiarity with Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and local regulations a must. 
  • A proven track record of maintaining confidentiality, meeting strict deadlines and maintaining a professional demeanor required. 
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure and possess strong analytical and interpretive skills. 
  • Excellent research and writing skills are required


  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Experience with an HRIS database a plus.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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