Greg Flynn, founded Flynn Restaurant Group (FRG) in 1999 with the acquisition of eight Applebee’s in Washington State.
Since then the company has grown at over 20% a year and in the process has become the largest restaurant franchise and one of the 20 largest foodservice companies of any kind in the United States.
While the company’s initial focus was growing within the Applebee’s system, it has since added three other leading brands starting with Taco Bell in 2013, followed by Panera in 2015, and most recently Arby’s in 2018.
Today, through its four wholly-owned subsidiaries, Apple American, Bell American, Pan American, and RB American, FRG owns over 460 Applebee’s, 270 Taco Bells, 130 Panera cafes, and 360 Arby’s, representing $2.4 Billion in Sales and directly employing more than 48,000 people in 34 states.
The company proudly stands by Greg’s operating philosophy to provide friendly service, cultivate customer loyalty and make sure each guest has a quality experience. This mindset permeates all aspects of the business and has helped to establish a highly inclusive and collaborative culture – the team has a sense of pride and a deep connection with the company’s mission and success.
Going forward the company plans to continue its aggressive growth by building and acquiring additional restaurants as well as opportunistically expanding into other brands and businesses.
All four concepts are assisted by the Support Centers, located in Independence, Ohio and San Francisco, California.
Flynn Restaurant Group (together with its subsidiaries Apple American Group, Bell American Group, Pan American Group, and RB American Group) seeks an exceptional employment attorney to serve as Senior Employment Counsel, reporting directly to the General Counsel. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic in-house legal department that directly handles many of its own employment litigation and arbitration matters.
Duties and Responsibilities:
– Litigate! You will lead your own litigation and arbitration matters, from investigation through discovery and mediation or trial. You will interview witnesses, take depositions, handle motions practice, engage in pre-trial dispute resolution, and first-chair arbitration and/or trial. This job is perfect for an employment litigator ready to leave behind law firm billable hour and business development requirements, but who still wants to be in the courtroom.
– Handle agency charges, government audits, and demand letters.
– Provide advice and counseling across a broad spectrum of employment issues, including wage and hour, payroll, benefits, hiring, performance management, internal investigations, leaves of absence, discipline, terminations, employee classification, and employee privacy.
– Collaborate with HR, Payroll, Operations, Risk, and Training on employment-related compliance matters, including designing and overseeing wage and hour compliance audits, identifying additional areas of employment-related compliance opportunities, advising on preventative and corrective action plans, and supporting training initiatives.
– Monitor federal, state, and local legislation, regulations, and case law on employment-related matters pertinent to the company; communicate updates and recommendations as needed.
– Travel involved (subject to ongoing health advisories and restrictions).
Skills and Competencies:
– 7+ years of employment law experience, including California wage and hour litigation.
– Juris Doctor from an accredited law school; California Bar admission in good standing.
– Significant experience running all facets of employment litigation through trial/arbitration, as well as excellent knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, FEHA, PAGA, etc.) and experience with federal and state agencies (DOL, EEOC, DLSE, DFEH etc.).
– Experience with both class/collective actions and single-plaintiff cases.
– Entrepreneurial mindset that enables you to work independently with little guidance, but also to use good judgment and escalate issues when needed.
– Ability to operate as a team player who can effectively work with and manage legal staff and collaborate with business partners across the company.
– Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
– Sound and practical business judgment, along with good old-fashioned common sense.
– 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!