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December 6, 2016
Published in the Show-Me Banker, Spencer Fane Partner, Elizabeth Fast’s article on “How to Remain an Independent Community Banker” focuses on the importance of this topic to bank shareholders.
General News
December 1, 2016
Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that the attorneys of 70 year-old Denver-based Berenbaum Weinshienk PC have joined the firm effective Dec. 1, 2016.
General News
November 21, 2016
Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Patrick J. Whalen has been recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as an inaugural member of the Ingram’s 250 list of the most influential business leaders in the Kansas City region.
General News
November 14, 2016
Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of Associate Nikki Hutson to its Springfield, Mo. office. Nikki will join the firm’s Labor and Employment group, bringing with her six years of experience in Labor and Employment law and Commercial Litigation.
General News
November 3, 2016
Spencer Fane is proud to announce that the firm earned a total of 56 rankings in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list, including 23 Tier 1 local rankings as well as five Tier 3 national rankings.
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November 23, 2016
Just as employers across the nation were bracing for the new rules governing white-collar exemptions to the overtime laws (“the New OT Rules”), a federal district court in Texas blocked the Department of Labor from implementing them. The New OT Rules—which drastically increased the minimum salary threshold for employees classified as exempt under the executive, administrative and professional employee exemptions—were set to take effect on December 1, 2016.
Blogs
November 21, 2016
The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) imposed additional reporting requirements on health coverage providers (including self-funded employer plans) and “applicable large employers” (those with 50 or more full-time employees). In Notice 2016-70, the IRS has granted coverage providers and employers 30 more days to issue the appropriate ACA-reporting forms to their insureds and full-time employees for coverage provided during 2016. Rather than January 31, 2017, these Forms 1095-B and 1095-C will now be due by March 2, 2017. In addition, the IRS has extended by one year the period of “good-faith compliance” with these reporting rules. As of now, however, the IRS has not extended the deadline for coverage providers and employers to transmit these ACA-reporting forms to the IRS.
Blogs
November 18, 2016
On November 16, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) entered an order holding that the Department of Labor’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule is unlawful and should be set aside pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 706(2). The Persuader Rule regulations are now subject to a permanent nation-wide injunction and the DOL will be prohibited from enforcing the regulations unless and until the district court’s order is revised or reversed on appeal.
Blogs
November 3, 2016
With the Presidential Election just days away, employers need to be ready to accommodate workers who may want or need to leave during the workday to cast their votes. The purpose of this blog post is to help employers prepare for the anticipated surge of political activity by providing a summary of the voting leave laws for the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Blogs
October 31, 2016
Following recent announcements by both the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration, we know most of the dollar amounts that employers will need to administer their benefit plans for 2017. The key dollar amounts for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) are shown on the front side of our 2017 limits card.
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