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Spencer Fane’s Insights contain a wealth of information on our firm, our attorneys and our recent activities, as well as upcoming events. If you need further information please contact the marketing department.

Latest News

December 18, 2015
The Springfield Business Journal recently recognized Spencer Fane Britt & Browne as “an upstart local competitor” in an article highlighting its continued growth since establishing a presence in Springfield in June.
General News
December 1, 2014
Spencer Fane welcomes Jaclyn Maloney as an Of Counsel in the firm's Kansas City, MO Real Estate Solutions Group.
November 24, 2014
Earlier this month, Peter Hartweger was appointed as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF).
General News
November 18, 2014
Gregory Ash and Chadron Patton both Spencer Fane attorneys in the Employee Benefits practice group, spoke at the Financial Executives International (FEI) “Fall Feast” Professional Development Day on Nov. 17, 2014. Ash presented “How Employee Financial Wellness Impacts the Bottom Line.” Patton discussed “Health and Welfare Plan Update for Employers.”
General News
November 10, 2014

Spencer Fane congratulates 44 of our attorneys selected for inclusion in 2014 Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska Super Lawyers®. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Attorneys are selected for inclusion by their peers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Latest Publications

December 22, 2015
When it comes to health coverage, many employers draw a distinction between full-time and part-time employees. To be eligible to enroll in the employer’s health plan, an employee must work a minimum number of hours per pay period. But many of those same employers then allow even part-time employees to contribute to a health flexible spending account (“health FSA”). After all, doing so costs the employer nothing (and even saves a modest amount in employment taxes), and why not at least give those employees an opportunity to pay some of their medical expenses on a pre-tax basis? Unfortunately, this paternalistic approach may now subject an employer to substantial daily penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).
December 19, 2014
An easily-overlooked portion of a contract for the sale of goods is the one that addresses what notice the buyer must give the seller in the event the goods do not conform to contract specifications or warranties.  These provisions warrant your close attention, however, because they can be outcome-determinative in the event of litigation over the alleged non-conformity.
Blogs
December 19, 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will celebrate 2015 by implementing new regulations relating to an employer’s duty to report work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. The new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2015 for all workplaces that fall under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
Blogs
December 13, 2014
In their dissent to the National Labor Relations Board’s Register-Guard decision, Board Members Liebman and Walsh classically stated that “the NLRB has become the ‘Rip Van Winkle of administrative agencies. Only a Board that has been asleep for the past 20 years could . . . contend, as the majority does, that an e-mail system is a piece of communications equipment to be treated just as the law treats bulletin boards, telephones, and pieces of scrap paper.” See 351 NLRB 1110, 1121 (2007). After a seven year slumber, the Board has awoken and is attempting to get with the times. See Purple Commc’ns, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (2014). A 3-2 majority of the Board adopted the logic of Liebman and Walsh’s dissent and overruled what many believed to be a canonical case on the balance between employees’ Section 7 rights and employers’ property rights.
Blogs
December 9, 2014
Psychologist William Frederick Book wrote a person should learn to adjust to the conditions they have to endure, but also try to prepare for and control those conditions so that they are as favorable as possible. The same is true in business.

Upcoming Events

February 1, 201507:30
As a human resource professional, you face a wide array of business challenges—and no one understands them more than your fellow HR colleagues. To help you tackle your role strategically, Spencer Fane and Austin Peters invite you to join our yearlong HR peer group, where you’ll meet monthly with other HR professionals to explore how you can make a more significant contribution to your organization.

This program will be submitted for 15 hours of Business Credit – formerly known as the Strategic Business Management credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR.

Training Session
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
1000 Walnut
Suite 1400
Kansas City, MO 64106