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New York NY Full Time Posted: Saturday, 9 November 2019
Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

Job Location: United States : New York : New York

Role Value Proposition:

In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals; we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife's vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.

This attorney will be responsible for the tax aspects of various company sponsored products in the Group and Global Employee Benefits markets. This attorney will provide legal guidance on the tax and ERISA aspects of new or proposed products. The attorney will also provide tax and ERISA guidance and review for all aspects of product operations, including answers to customer questions and advice on administrative or operational errors. The candidate must have strong writing skills and an ability to clearly, concisely explain complex issues.

Key Responsibilities:

Research, advise and provide legal counsel to internal business partners on matters primarily related to:

  • Proper administration of our products from a tax perspective, including: drafting forms and disclosures (eg, death claim forms, re-characterization request forms, withdrawal forms, etc.); drafting written procedures; resolving administrative errors, resolving various customer issues; and complaints.
  • Administration of ex-patriate health and welfare insurance for client relationship managers
  • Compliance and consulting services for procedures related to the administration of our products; resolving customer complaints; error correction and exception requests
  • Communications and other sales material submissions related to annuities
  • ERISA and tax related matters on pension plan investment matters
  • Employment tax related compliance matters, including the determination of taxation of compensation, fringe benefits and payroll related items
  • Legislation affecting employee benefits taxation and outline same for legal department and internal business partners to ascertain the impact to our internal company sponsored employee benefit plans and the impact to the products offered to our customers
  • Various employment tax controversy matters, including federal, state and local audits
  • Employment tax related notices from federal, state and local taxing authorities
  • Development of training materials for internal business partners for administering our internal employee benefit plans and customer products, such as ERISA, HIPAA and ACA
  • Responding to ERISA inquiries from internal client relationship matters on Form 5500, Schedule A reporting
  • Preparation of restated plan documents related to products sold to customers
  • Tax aspects of designing and administering:
    • Critical illness
    • Accelerated Death Benefit riders
    • Hspital Indemnity Insurance, and
    • Lng Term Care regarding the tax aspects of administering the remaining block of LTC business.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • J.D.
  • Admission to a State Bar Association.
  • 7+ years of experience working on U.S. tax and ERISA issues in the employee benefits area for a large employer and/or in an internal employee benefits/legal capacity for an insurance company or a financial services company.
  • References from former employers.
  • Demonstrated practical problem solving ability.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.



Business Category

Legal Affairs

Number of Openings


At MetLife, we're leading the global transformation of an industry we've long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we're dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.”

MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Requisition #: 111050

New York NY, United States of America
11/9/2019 6:12:34 AM

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