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Spencer Fane adds Bushek to Business Transactions Group in Overland Park

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Kim Bushek has joined the firm’s Overland Park office. She will serve as of counsel in the Business Transactions group, adding depth to the firm’s growing tax practice.

Nate Orr Interviewed about Spencer Fane Culture and Growth

Spencer Fane attorney Nate Orr was recently interviewed by Real Media LLC on a variety of topics including the Firm’s growth, strategy, and history. Nate holds numerous leadership positions in both the firm and community, focused on a continual commitment to his clients.

Shawn Tuma Interviewed by Media to Analyze Privacy Issues

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma has recently been interviewed by multiple media outlets to discuss legalities surrounding a wide range of privacy issues. With nearly 20 years of experience helping businesses protect their information and that of their customers, Shawn is widely recognized in cybersecurity and data privacy law.

Helen Holden to Provide Guidance on Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will discuss issues surrounding sexual harassment at a 2018 Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona (AMCA) Education Training Learn and Lunch.

Elizabeth Fast Provides Insights on New Banking Legislation in Kansas

Spencer Fane attorney Elizabeth Fast was recently interviewed for an article in The Topeka Capital-Journal that details the impact of new legislation in Kansas (Senate Bill 335) that now allows savings and loan banks to convert from a federal charter to a state charter.

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Latest Publications

IRS Updates Required Tax Notice to Address Plan Loan Offsets and Other Law Changes

The IRS has updated the model notice (sometimes referred to as the “402(f) Notice” or “Special Tax Notice”) that is required to be provided to participants before they receive an “eligible rollover distribution” from a qualified 401(a) plan, a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity, or a governmental 457(b) plan.  Notice 2018-74, which was published on September 18, 2018, modifies the prior safe-harbor explanations (model notices) that were published in 2014. Like the 2014 guidance, the 2018 Notice includes two separate “model” notices that are deemed to satisfy the requirements of Code Section 402(f):  one for distributions that are not from a designated Roth account, and one for distributions from a designated Roth account. The 2018 Notice also includes an appendix that can be used to modify (rather than replace) existing safe-harbor 402(f) notices. 

Changes to Missouri’s Public Sector Labor Law Impacts Employers, Unions, and Employees

A new law, making it easier for Missouri public employees to opt out of both union membership and paycheck deductions funding political advocacy work, goes into effect on August 28, 2018. The new law, a victory for public sector employers, effectively enacts “right-to-work” protections for public sector employers, despite the fact that voters rejected right-to-work generally for the state of Missouri (see Missouri Right to Work is Overwhelmingly Rejected by Voters, Spencer Fane HR Solutions August 15, 2018). Therefore, public sector employers should review the new law and determine what steps need to be taken in order to comply with it upon the forthcoming effective date. (See Full Text of Law Here).

Another court rules that contractual consent to be called using an ATDS cannot be unilaterally revoked

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act,  47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA),  makes it unlawful for any person, absent the “prior express consent of the called party,” to make non-emergency calls using any Automated Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) to any telephone number assigned to a cellular telephone service. Anyone who violates the TCPA may be liable for “actual monetary loss” or $500 in damages for each violation, whichever is greater.

Air Quality – Colorado to Join 13 States That Have Adopted California’s LEV Requirements

On August 16, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission set a hearing to consider establishing a new Regulation Number 20 to adopt specific provisions of the California low emission vehicle (LEV) rule for model year 2022 and newer light and medium duty vehicles. The Division’s proposed rule will not include a Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate and has no impact on heavy-duty vehicles or non-road (construction and agricultural) equipment.

Missouri Right to Work is Overwhelmingly Rejected by Voters

By a greater than two to one margin, Missouri voters rejected the Right to Work Act passed early in the legislative session.  The law was supported and signed by former Missouri Governor Greitens.  With strong local and national union backing and a ton of dollars, the unions led the effort first to get the issue on the ballot with more than 300,000 petition signatures and then to defeat the measure soundly at the polls. 

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Latest Events

Spencer Fane Attorneys to Discuss the Impact of Recent Court & Regulatory Developments on Your Business, at Upcoming “Enterprise University”

Spencer Fane attorneys Denise Delcore, Nate Orr, and Doug Weems will present at the upcoming Enterprise Bank and Trust’s “Enterprise University.”   At this free, three-hour course, they will guide you through the effect of recent court rulings and regulatory developments on your business. These changes will impact human resource policies, management best-practices, employment contracts, class action lawsuits, and customer discrimination.

Helen Holden to Provide Guidance on Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will discuss issues surrounding sexual harassment at a 2018 Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona (AMCA) Education Training Learn and Lunch.

Ellen E. Stewart to Provide Guidance on Working with Managed Care Contractors

Spencer Fane attorney Ellen E. Stewart will present at the Colorado Managed Care Collaborative (CMCC), discussing tips for working with vendors and contractors.

Stacy Harper to Speak at AAPC Annual Education Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Stacy Harper will present at the Annual Education Conference for the Kansas City Chapter of the AAPC (AAPC of Kansas City) on alternative payment models (APM).  AAPC is a national organization that provides education and professional certification to over 175,000 members world-wide in twenty-eight certifications across the business side of healthcare.

Eva Merrell to Present at NALA Paralegal Conference

Spencer Fane paralegal Eva Merrell will present at the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) 2018 Conference and Expo educating attendees studying for the Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam on real estate law.

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