Employment Counsel

Yum BrandsLouisville, KentuckyFull TimeOn Site

Yum! Brands is instituting a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for health and safety reasons. Effective January 3, 2022, Yum requires that corporate employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

In this newly created role, this attorney will have the opportunity to work in a number of different areas, but will be primarily focused on providing legal advice on the dynamic environment of U.S. employment laws and regulations. This position will interact with existing subject matter experts, including paralegals, and the legal teams at Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, and the Habit Burger Grill. This position will also interact regularly with outside counsel, both retained and adversarial, and various additional third parties, including trade associations.


  • Advise the Yum! system on rapidly evolving U.S. employment law and policy issues;
  • Partner with supervising attorney and the Governmental Affairs team to review and analyze proposed legislation and regulations in the employment space, particularly as they relate to the franchise business model;
  • Coordinate cross-brand review, alignment, and implementation of employment policies and procedures, including those related to post-COVID hybrid working models;
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams and outside legal counsel to provide legal support on cross-border employment law and immigration matters;
  • Draft, maintain, and train on important employment-related forms, including arbitration agreements, offer letters and severance agreements.
  • Assist in the management of parent company litigation matters, including matters outside of the employment space.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in any state in the U.S
  • Strong background in employment law with 3-5 years experience as a practicing attorney
  • Must be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. Proof of vaccination required.

Preferred Requirements

  • Excellent listening skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to self-start and drive action individually and collaboratively in a collegial environment
  • Sound judgment, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficiency on cross-functional teams with demonstrated ability to influence others
  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks and handle changing priorities successfully in a fast-paced environment
  • High personal and professional integrity and the ability to establish personal credibility and trust across the organization

Yum! Brands, Inc., has over 50,000 restaurants in more than 150 countries and territories, making it a leader in global retail development primarily operating the company’s brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. The Company’s family of brands also includes The Habit Burger Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in made-to-order chargrilled burgers, sandwiches and more. In 2019, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and in 2020, the company ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media.

As the world's largest restaurant company, we have a clear and compelling mission: to build the world's most loved, trusted, and fastest-growing restaurant brands. The key and not-so-secret ingredient in our recipe for growth is our unrivaled culture and talent, which fuels our results. To that end, we're looking for talented, motivated, team-oriented individuals to join us and have the opportunity be your best, have fun, make friends, and make a positive impact.

We are excited about the future growth of our brands. In fact, as a company we are opening an average of 8 restaurants a day worldwide! This growth creates endless opportunities for professional, as well as personal growth. Customer sentiment and love for our brands is the fuel for our excitement! Taco Bell has been named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World by Fast Company. Pizza Hut delivers more pizzas than any other pizza company in the world, KFC's still uses its 75-year-old finger-lickin' good recipe, including secret herbs and spices to hand-bread its chicken every day, and the Habit Burger Grill is looking to expand its regional footprint across the country.

Check Out Some Of Our Great Benefits

  • 4 weeks of vacation per year plus holidays
  • 2 paid days off per year to volunteer
  • Onsite childcare through Bright Horizons
  • Onsite dining center (yes, you can eat KFC, Taco Bell or Pizza hut every day!)
  • Onsite dry cleaning, laundry services, concierge
  • Onsite gym with fitness classes and personal trainer sessions
  • Tuition reimbursement, education benefits and scholarship opportunities
  • Discounts for life’s adventures (ex: theme parks, wireless plans, etc.)
  • Generous parental leave for all new parents and adoption assistance program
  • 401(k) with a 6% matching contribution from Yum! Brands with immediate vesting
  • Comprehensive medical, vision and dental including prescription drug benefits and 100% preventive care
  • Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Grow Yourself Week which is devoted to your personal development

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