Job Description

Counsel, Employment & Compliance

Flynn Group seeks an exceptional Counsel, Employment & Compliance to join its industry-recognized legal team. In this position, you will counsel and support compliance efforts for the country’s largest franchise operator, with more than 2,300 restaurants, 40 gyms, and 75,000 employees nationwide. This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse and dynamic in-house legal department in a high-visibility, high-impact role with direct access to senior leadership. You will not only collaborate closely with Human Resources, Payroll, Risk Management, IT, and Operations on key employment and privacy compliance initiatives, but will also have the opportunity to work cross-functionally with other business lines to support general corporate compliance initiatives.

This is the perfect role for someone looking to accelerate their professional development while playing a meaningful part in the growth-story of a company featuring some of the most iconic and beloved brands in the nation (Applebee’s, Taco Bell, Panera, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, and Planet Fitness). The position may be based in our San Francisco, CA; Cleveland, OH; or Kansas City, MO Support Centers; or remotely in Phoenix, AZ.


  • Under the supervision and guidance of Flynn’s Associate General Counsel, Compliance, provide multistate advice and strategic support to Human Resources, Payroll, Operations, IT, and Risk Management on the full range of employment and regulatory compliance, such as wage and hour, payroll, benefits, hiring, performance management, internal investigations, employee classification, leaves of absence, discipline, termination, workplace injuries and data privacy.
  • Support and help drive completion of the annual compliance plan.
  • Investigate and respond to agency charges, government audits, and demand letters, and provide counseling and advice regarding same.
  • Support wage and hour compliance audits, identify areas of employment-related compliance opportunities, advise on preventative and corrective action plans, and update internal business clients on legal trends.
  • Monitor federal, state, and local legislation, regulations, and case law on matters pertinent to the company; communicate updates and recommendations as needed.
  • Support updating/revising company policies per changes in laws and regulations.
  • Coordinate with HR and Training to create and implement compliance-related training.
  • Occasional travel involved.


  • 3-6 years of employment law experience.
  • J.D. from an accredited law school; must have California bar admission in good standing.
  • Experience in various stages of employment litigation, as well as knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (e.g., Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, FEHA, PAGA) and federal and state agencies (e.g., DOL, EEOC, DLSE, DFEH).
  • Experience in privacy advice and counseling is a plus - willingness to learn is a must.
  • Entrepreneurial and inquisitive mindset that enables you to work independently, while using good judgment to escalate issues when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to guide multiple objectives and initiatives simultaneously.
  • Dedication to exceptional client service.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • A sense of humor and an upbeat, can-do attitude, in keeping with the company’s "Own It!" philosophy.
  • And you should love being a lawyer!

If you have a passion for client service, believe in the power of teamwork, and love to learn, we hope you will apply, even if you do not yet possess all of the experience above.

Company Background

Greg Flynn founded Flynn Restaurant Group (Flynn) in 1999 with the acquisition of eight Applebee’s restaurants in Washington State. Since then, the company has grown at over 30% a year, added six leading brands in Taco Bell, Panera, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, and Planet Fitness, has expanded internationally, and has become the largest restaurant franchise and third largest restaurant operator in the United States.

Today, through its seven wholly-owned subsidiaries, Flynn Applebee’s, Flynn Taco Bell, Flynn Panera, Flynn Arby’s, Flynn Pizza Hut, Flynn Wendy’s, and Flynn Fitness, Flynn owns and operates over 440 Applebee’s, 280 Taco Bells, 130 Panera cafes, 360 Arby’s, 930 Pizza Huts, 190 Wendy’s and 40 Planet Fitness gyms representing $4.5 billion in sales and employing 75,000 people in 44 states.

Going forward the company plans to continue its aggressive growth by building and acquiring additional franchises as well as opportunistically expanding into other brands and businesses. For more information about Flynn’s award-winning approach to operations, visit

Why Work for Flynn?

Flynn Group offers a variety of benefits and perks to encourage and empower our employees. We are committed to helping each employee work and live to his or her fullest potential. We offer a variety of benefits and perks while working for us:

  • Medical / Dental / Vision
  • Retirement and Savings Plan
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • San Francisco Commuter Benefits*
  • Company Outings
  • Dining Discounts

Notice to California Applicants: When based in California, the good faith estimated range of pay for the above position is $145,000 to $175,000, depending on factors including but not limited to experience and skill. There is a target discretionary incentive bonus of 20%.

Flynn Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer For a copy of Flynn Group’s Workplace Privacy Notice, please visit

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