General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Job Location(s):  Los AngelesBurbank

The TEAM Companies, Inc. provides a wide range of payroll and business affairs services and technology solutions that support the production of advertising and entertainment projects for all media. As the employer of record on behalf of its clients, accuracy and timeliness are essential to compliance with union, legal and employee payroll requirements and expectations.  The General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer will oversee in house corporate legal matters as well as compliance matters (employment entertainment labor law) as it relates to the entertainment payroll industry. The ideal candidate will strategize with company executives and management to ensure the company is compliant with federal, state, and local employer payroll processing regulations and requirements, while managing and providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of corporate matters.    Discretion in handling company and private or personal client and employee information is required, along with a positive attitude, professional ethics, appearance, and conduct. This highly visible, decision-making position requires a pro-active approach to long and short-term strategies, operations initiatives, staff management, client retention, tasks and responsibilities.

Duties & Tasks

RESPONSIBILITIES—Corporate Legal Matters

  • Advise on corporate governance matters and issues including preparing, managing, and implementing corporate governance and related policies
  • Research and analyze applicable laws for the preparation of legal memoranda on behalf of the company
  • Prepare annual corporate documents such as Corporate Annual Minutes, Annual Franchise Tax Reports, Shareholder Agreements
  • Perform due diligence and render advice for transactions involving the company, including but not limited to intellectual property rights and obligations (trademark, copyright, patent), insurance coverage issues, tax planning
  • Perform due diligence and render advice for special projects assigned from time to time by executives of the company.
  • Work with executives on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters
  • Communicate and negotiate with third parties regarding corporate and commercial matters
  • Advise management with respect to the legal implications of all major decisions, strategies and transactions of the company
  • Represent the company with respect to asserted claims or legal proceedings

RESPONSIBILITIES—Compliance

  • Provide advice and counsel on union and non-union and employment law issues
  • Provide advice and counsel and ensure compliance with federal, state and local labor law and employment regulations as it relates to the entertainment and payroll industry (I-9, W-2, W-4, etc)
  • Coordinate systems necessary for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the company’s continued compliance with regulatory standards outlined by federal, state and local statutes
  • Develop, implement, and improve corporate compliance policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations
  • Communicate with senior management and legal staff as necessary to ensure the company is informed on regulatory issues and updates
  • Anticipate and mitigate potential legal problems within the organization and develop strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk

RESPONSIBILITIES—Contracts and Agreements

  • Assist with complex client service agreements and legal documents, and making suggestions for alterations of such documents
  • Negotiate with outside parties, outside counsel, vendors and clients on complex contractual issues and legal disputes
  • Assist with Music Licensing & Administration
  • Negotiate and administer agreements for Music Licensing
  • Assist Business Affairs staff with negotiation and administration of Music Licensing
  • Assist with Minor Employment inquiries
  • Respond to staff and client inquiries regarding employment of minors in entertainment for all 50 states as well as offshore
  • Assist clients with documentation for permits to employ minors as needed; maintain log of client minor permit documentation; send reminders to clients for renewals of expiring permits to employ minors

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state and local labor law and employment regulations as it relates to the entertainment industry and payroll operations.
  • Knowledge of labor law nationwide – state and federal level, with emphasis on California and New York.
  • Knowledge of government and entertainment/advertising industry rules and regulations for payroll.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of union and non-union labor and employment law issues
  • Experience providing advice and counsel on union and non-union and employment law issues
  • Knowledge of SAG-AFTRA, AFM, DGA, IATSE, & Teamster labor agreements in relationship to payroll and pension payments
  • Knowledge of Advertising Talent Management, Business Affairs and entertainment industry union agreements.
  • Knowledge of business contracts and experience in negotiating terms of agreement with clients.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to communicate clearly and accurately with clients, colleagues and staff.
  • PC Computer skills including Microsoft 365–Outlook, Word, Excel, etc– and ability and willingness to learn new and/or proprietary computer applications as required.
  • Basic office skills and abilities, knowledge of standard office equipment – computers, phones, copiers, fax, etc.
  • Professional interaction with colleagues, team members and other department staff as well as management and executives in a business office setting.
  • Exercise sound professional judgment in decision-making regarding areas of responsibility, as well as when referring matters outside of this position’s purview to appropriate executives.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility and multi-tasking abilities
  • Ability to work well under pressure.

Credentials, Experience & Education

  • Minimum Educational requirement:  JD from Accredited ABA law school, member of the California or New York bar
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in similar position

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