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June 24, 2016
FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, has selected Amy Mistler to be part of its Leadership St. Louis (LSL) program. Amy joins a prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.
General News
June 23, 2016
Partner Sue Willman has been elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Sue is also a certified human resources professional and holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.
General News
June 22, 2016
Spencer Fane Partner David Wing was recently quoted by Law360 for his insights regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, in which the Court set aside a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that held auto dealer service advisors should be entitled to overtime compensation.
General News
June 21, 2016
Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Allison Tanner has joined the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group as Of Counsel.
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June 15, 2016
The Kansas City Business Journal recently interviewed Chairman Pat Whalen to discuss the Spencer Fane growth that has it “standing above the crowd” in terms of revenue and income growth.
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Latest Publications

June 23, 2016
In March of this year, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) issued new regulations regarding the Persuader Rule. See 29 CFR Parts 405 and 406. The new regulations, which become fully effective on July 1, 2016, require employers and their law firms or consultants to comply with federal reporting and disclosure requirements if they engage in certain labor relations advisory activities.
June 22, 2016
Deferred compensation arrangements that are not “tax-favored” retirement plans under Code Sections 401(a), 403(b), or (in the case of a governmental employer) 457(b) are generally referred to as “nonqualified” plans. So long as a nonqualified plan is “unfunded” (meaning the amounts deferred remain the property of the employer, and subject to the employer’s general creditors, until paid), the amounts deferred are generally not taxable until they are “paid or otherwise made available” to the employee.
June 16, 2016
In our June 2, 2016, article summarizing final wellness program regulations issued by the EEOC under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), we noted the EEOC’s promise to post on its website a sample notice by which employers could satisfy the ADA’s notification requirements. The EEOC has today posted such a sample notice, along with a series of FAQs shedding further light on the notification requirement. Although employers are not required to use this sample notice, they should make sure that their notice covers all the points addressed in the EEOC sample.
June 2, 2016
Final regulations issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) under both the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) will require modifications to many employee wellness programs. These modifications may include the deletion of certain questions from health risk assessments, additional employee notification requirements, and a reduction in the incentives used to discourage tobacco usage. Although certain aspects of these regulations will not apply until the first day of the 2017 plan year, others are already in effect.
May 24, 2016
The sky isn’t falling, but in a very real sense the retirement world is changing. After months of angst from many in the industry and boisterous posturing by members of Congress, on April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor released a final regulation that more broadly defines who is an “investment-advice” fiduciary for purposes of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Upcoming Events

June 29, 201610:00 - 11:00
Complimentary Webinar

Join us for an in-depth analysis of the Department of Labor’s recently finalized package of rules governing who is a “fiduciary” under ERISA. These new rules will significantly alter the regulatory landscape for employers, employees, retirement plans, investment consultants, brokers, and even IRA holders. In this one-hour webinar we will discuss:
  • Who is a “fiduciary” now?
  • What changes can employers expect from plan providers?
  • How does the new regulatory regime affect employers and other plan fiduciaries?
  • What is the “best interest” standard and when does it apply?
  • What should employers – and employees – know about rollover and IRA advice?
  • Key effective and implementation dates.

Register here.
August 3, 2016
Sue will present “Severance Agreements and Releases: What Employers Need to Know.”

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