Kelsey Mayo, Susie Gibbons, Kate Dewberry and Jennifer Parser

Kelsey Mayo is a partner at Poyner Spruill.  Kelsey Mayo has extensive experience working with governmental, non-profit, and for-profit employers on all aspects of qualified and non-qualified plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation plans.

Kelsey’s practice is focused in the areas of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation. She works with business owners and HR executives to understand and manage employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements. She routinely represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements.

Kelsey enjoys helping professionals decipher the most complex areas of this field and speaks regularly with industry organizations, including the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and CPA organizations. She also volunteers with ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee, working with government agencies and Congress to develop workable regulations and legislation for the retirement industry.

Kelsey also brings her background in accounting as well as her study for the actuarial exams to bear for the benefit of her clients. She is uniquely positioned to understand how benefits integrate with a company’s financial concerns and to assist owners and executives in managing these benefit programs.

Susie Gibbons is a partner at Poyner Spruill. Susie Gibbons regularly advises and defends clients in the full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment, wrongful discharge, Affirmative Action Plans, Fair Labor Standards Act, workplace privacy issues, and Family Medical Leave Act. Susie practices in the areas of employment compliance law, employment defense in litigation and administrative proceedings, and Affirmative Action Plans and Audit defense. She also reviews and writes employment contracts, policies and handbooks. Additionally, Susie is a regular speaker on employment matters.
Kate Dewberry is a partner at Poyner Spruill. Kate Dewberry counsels and represents employers on employment law issues and litigation arising under federal and state laws covering leave, discrimination, and wage and hours. Kate also assists in representing clients in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the North Carolina Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Division of Employment Security.

Jennifer Parser is counsel at Poyner Spruill. Jennifer Parser’s practice includes a broad range of immigration and labor and employment matters. Jennifer is a multilingual attorney able to handle all immigration matters, including H-1B visas, L-1A, L-1B, and H visas, J-1 visas, E-1, E-2, and Australian E-3 visas, F visas and the OPT period option, the newly enacted deferred action program for undocumented youth, O and P visas, TN visas, PERM labor certifications, permanent resident, investor-, employment-, and family-based visa petitions, deportation and political asylum cases, and naturalization and renunciation matters. Jennifer can assist with EB-5 green card investor petitions, both direct and through Regional Centers for Foreign Investment. She advises on I-9 compliance, oversees and responds to issues relating to employer-generated audits, and assists with Immigration and Custom Enforcement issues. She also monitors and advises on the increasingly mandatory use of E-Verify.

After completing law school, Jennifer received a number of law certificates, including: Certificate in Public International Law, International Courts of Justice, The Hague; Certificate on E.E.C. Law, London University; and comparative private international law, Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales, Geneva, Switzerland. She is fluent in French and speaks conversational German.

Jennifer was admitted to the New York Bar in 1979 and practiced in New York until she moved to North Carolina in 2008.

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As COVID-19 sweeps the country, employers are wondering how to handle their workforces. Attorneys from Poyner Spruill tackle employers’ concerns at the moment, from establishing leave-sharing programs to changes in an employee’s visa status. The threat posed by the novel coronavirus has left employees with seemingly endless questions: Can I work from home? Can I receive benefits and be paid? Can I work part-time now? What if...

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