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Latest News

Helen Holden Provides Insight on Independent Contractor Relationships

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden recently published an article in Greater Phoenix In Business on the possible issues that may occur when employers classify workers as independent contractors.

Carly Duvall Selected for Kansas City Tomorrow Program

Spencer Fane attorney Carly Duvall was recently selected to join the 2019 class of the Kansas City Tomorrow (KCT) program.

Thomas Hayde and Ben Shantz Analyze Recent GDPR Guidance

Spencer Fane attorneys Thomas Hayde and Ben Shantz recently published an article in Circuits, the newsletter of the Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Jamie Cotter Elected to Executive Committee of Doyle Inn of Court

Spencer Fane attorney Jamie Cotter was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court (Doyle Inn), a Denver Charter of the American Inns of Court.

Spencer Fane “Phenomenal Growth” Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Spencer Fane LLP was recently featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s MOney issue, its annual special report on the financial rankings of top Missouri law firms.

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Latest Publications

Minnesota Employers: Don’t be Caught Off Guard

All companies and organizations with Minnesota-based employees must update their employment policies and practices due to recent state law changes going into effect on July 1, 2019.  These updates are necessary due to the Minnesota Legislature’s passage of a law imposing new recordkeeping and notice requirements intended to protect all employees working in Minnesota.  These new requirements are catching many employers off guard due to the lack of publicity for the new law and the short period to achieve compliance.

SEC Adopts Rulemaking Package – “Solely Incidental” Broker-Dealer Exclusion

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rulemaking package that applies to investment advisers and broker-dealers.

This is the fourth in a series of articles describing the SEC’s rulemaking package.  This article addresses the SEC’s Interpretation of the “Solely Incidental” Broker-Dealer Exclusion.  That exclusion allows broker-dealers to provide certain advisory services without becoming subject to regulation as investment advisers under the Advisers Act, as long as those services are “solely incidental” to the broker-dealers’ core business.  The SEC’s new interpretation of this exclusion provides some helpful guidance for broker-dealers and dually-registered firms.

SEC Adopts Rulemaking Package – Form CRS

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rulemaking package that applies to investment advisers and broker-dealers.  These rules include a new set of disclosure requirements to address retail investor confusion over brokerage and investment advisory services.

This is the third in a series of articles describing the SEC’s rulemaking package.  This article provides an overview of the Form CRS – Relationship Summary portion of the package.

Missouri Proposes to Reduce Reporting Timeframe for Start-Up, Shutdown, and Malfunction Conditions

Facilities that own and operate air emissions sources in the State of Missouri, such as manufacturing plants, chemical plants, and similar industrial air sources, will want to take note of recent proposed changes to the notification obligations involving certain excess emission events.

SEC Adopts Rulemaking Package – Investment Adviser Standard of Conduct

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rulemaking package that applies to investment advisers and broker-dealers.  In a series of four articles, Spencer Fane LLP outlines the SEC’s rulemaking package.  Our first article summarized “Regulation Best Interest” a new standard of conduct governing broker-dealers.  In this second article, we describe the SEC’s interpretation of the standard of conduct that applies to investment advisers when they engage with their clients.

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Latest Events

Jon Farnsworth to Present in National Seminar on Cybersecurity

Spencer Fane attorney Jon Farnsworth will conduct two presentations at a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast course focusing on cybersecurity issues. The course is aimed at attorneys, paralegals, business executives and information services managers.

Jon Farnsworth and Randi Winter to Present at TechPulse

TechPulse 2019 is the premier business expo in the Twin Cities attended annually by approximately 500 business and technology executives.  The event is open to the public.  Informative breakout sessions and exhibits cover four major areas: technology, business administration, operations, and demand/marketing.

Jon Farnsworth to Teach National Seminar on Business Contracts

Spencer Fane attorney Jon Farnsworth will conduct four presentations at a National Business Institute (NBI) course focusing on contract drafting.

2019 Spencer Fane Employment Training Classes

Multiple classes offered throughout 2019 in Springfield, MO and Joplin, MO. Find the link to enroll and the full class descriptions below the class schedule.

John Watson to Give Presentation at CBA: Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Mines

John Watson will address the Environmental Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association on January 15, 2019 re: Good Samaritan projects for remediation of abandoned mining properties.  He will join Ty Churchwell of Trout Unlimited in an overview of statutory (including recently introduced federal legislation), regulatory, and technical requirements for abandoned mine cleanup projects in the United States.

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