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February 23, 2017
In a recent article in Law Week Colorado, Ellen Stewart was interviewed about the Health Care Law class she’s teaching at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, its first ever on the subject.
General News
February 15, 2017
Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Francis G. Slay will join the firm after he concludes his 16-year term as Mayor of the City of St. Louis – the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. Upon the conclusion of his term in April, Mayor Slay will return to private practice in early May 2017, working out of a new Spencer Fane office in downtown St. Louis.
General News
February 9, 2017
Spencer Fane Partner Joe Hatley was interviewed recently by KSHB television station in Kansas City to discuss the cost of employment discrimination lawsuits filed against school districts in Missouri.
General News
February 9, 2017
In a February 2 article in The Oklahoman about the need for engineering graduates in the state, Spencer Fane Partner Andy Lester mentions that the engineering dean at Oklahoma State “tells me that we have more good students who are applying, but we don’t have the funding to even take those students.”
General News
February 8, 2017
Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce it is expanding into the Phoenix market with the addition of John R. Jefferies (Randy) who joins the firm as a Partner with a notable and accomplished career practicing as a federal and state procurement and contracts lawyer in the real estate and construction industries.
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Latest Publications

February 17, 2017
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) outlines a strict procedure that employers must follow when they obtain criminal background reports, credit histories, and other background reports on employees and applicants from a third party which is engaged in the business of preparing such reports. All such reports are called “consumer reports” under FCRA.
Blogs
February 13, 2017
A recent IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum (AM 2017-01) raises the stakes for employers that fail to apply the proper FICA taxation rules to nonqualified deferred compensation. An option previously available to those employers has been taken off the table. Under this option – which required a formal “Closing Agreement” with the IRS – both employer and employee FICA taxes could be minimized by voluntarily paying those taxes for years as to which IRS assessments were otherwise barred under the Tax Code’s three-year statute of limitations. Without this correction option, employers have an even greater incentive to apply the proper FICA taxation rules to their deferred compensation arrangements.
Blogs
February 6, 2017
Governor Greitens signed the Missouri Right to Work Bill on February 6, 2017. See Missouri Senate Bill 19. It becomes effective on August 28, 2017 and applies to any new collective bargaining agreements or renewals, extensions, amendments, or modifications after the effective date.
Blogs
February 6, 2017
On Friday, February, 3, 2017, President Trump issued a Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to “re-examine” the Department of Labor’s final regulation defining “fiduciary” investment advice (sometimes referred to as the “Fiduciary Rule” or the “Conflict of Interest Rule”), and to consider whether the Rule should be revised or rescinded. The Rule, which significantly expands the circumstances under which an individual becomes a “fiduciary” by reason of providing investment advice for a fee, was finalized in April of 2016, and technically became effective last July, but was drafted such that its provisions generally do not become “applicable” to financial advisers until April 10, 2017.
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February 5, 2017
In January 2017, both EPA and OSHA increased civil penalties for new enforcement cases. While the increases became effective just days before the new Administration took office, the increases are a result of Congressional action in 2015 to annually adjust civil penalties for inflation by January 15 of each new calendar year.
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