Our business world is undergoing dramatic change, forcing companies to reset priorities and practices at a time when federal law is shifting standards. As change becomes more of a constant, staying on top of employee benefits law can be overwhelming.
Parker Poe understands that our clients value up-to-date advice on legislation. We recognize that not every business fits the same mold. Our collaborative approach helps companies tackle cyclical and regulatory needs with flexible and creative solutions.
Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of the planning, design, implementation, operation, and termination of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We cover transactional and litigation issues that often arise in connection with benefit programs.
As North Carolina's exclusive representative in the Employment Law Alliance, the world's largest network of labor and employment lawyers, we are uniquely positioned to assist employers that have operations and interests in multiple jurisdictions. We provide counsel to a diverse group of publicly traded, private, nonprofit, and governmental clients.
Our service areas include:
Retirement Plans – We assist clients with all aspects of design, documentation, operation, reporting, and disclosure with respect to tax-qualified and other retirement plans, including:
Executive Compensation – A significant component of our practice involves executive compensation programs and related ERISA, tax, and securities considerations. Our experience includes:
Health and Welfare Plans – Our employee benefits attorneys have experience with the design, documentation, and operation of:
We also routinely counsel clients on a variety of welfare plan compliance issues, including COBRA, HIPAA, nondiscrimination testing, Code Section 501(c)(9) VEBA trusts, and multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs).
Equity-Based Compensation – We assist clients with all aspects of the implementation of equity-based compensation plans, including design and documentation, stockholder approval and proxy materials, and employee communications. We have designed numerous equity compensation programs, including:
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Business Transactions – Our employee benefits attorneys are regularly involved in the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions of all sizes, including:
Administrative Representation and ERISA Litigation – We represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, state departments of insurance, and related agencies. Working closely with our employment litigators, we handle a variety of ERISA litigation matters for our clients, such as: