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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.

Julie Roth and Andy Ramirez to Provide Guidance on Hospital Compliance: Multiple Dates

Spencer Fane attorneys Julie Roth and Andy Ramirez will present at the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Regional Trustee Seminars on compliance in the health care industry.

Holden to Join FDCC Panel Discussion of Workplace Harassment, Discrimination Issues

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will present as part of a panel of speakers during the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Midwest Regional Corporate Counsel CLE Presentation.

Sue Willman to Join American Planning Association Panel Discussion

Spencer Fane attorney Sue Willman will present as part of a panel of speakers during an American Planning Association (APA) webinar on the legal issues and personal liabilities that municipal planners most commonly face.

Ryan Pulkrabek to Discuss EPA’s Increased Attention to Vapor Intrusion

Spencer Fane attorney Ryan Pulkrabek will present on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) growing concern with and emphasis on vapor intrusion during the April Monthly Meeting for the Midwest Air and Waste Management Association(A&WMA).

Spencer Fane Employment Training Classes

The Employment Training Classes are designed to help supervisors, HR professionals, and C-Suite executives:

  • Comply with government regulations
  • Avoid potential employee issues
  • Address issues when they arise

All classes will be held at Spencer Fane: 2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B300, Springfield, MO 65804

Kyle Elliott to Provide Guidance on Intellectual Property to Entrepreneurs, March 28, 2018

Spencer Fane attorney Kyle Elliott will be providing office hours at The eFactory to help entrepreneurs and businesses in southwest Missouri start, grow, and accelerate their companies.

Julie Roth and Melissa Sherman to Present at KHA Corporate Compliance Workshop Friday, February 2

As part of the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Corporate Compliance Workshop, Spencer Fane Partners, Julie Roth and Melissa Sherman, will help build on and advance the knowledge of hospital corporate compliance officers. Julie will be presenting “EMTALA for Governing Boards – Compliance Starts at the Top” and Melissa will be presenting “Importance of Standards of Conduct and How to Link Behavior and Values.” The course material is designed for those individuals at the hospital directly responsible for the creation and maintenance of the corporate compliance program.

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 8:30-4:30
Location: Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center – Salina, KS
Cost: $100 for KHA Members – $200 for non-members (includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and program materials)

Register here.

Paul Trimble to Present on Joint Operating Agreements in Oil & Gas Ventures – Thursday, January 18

As part of The University of Oklahoma College of Law Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Partner Paul Trimble will present “What’s New in the 2015 AAPL JOA.”  The event covers Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs) as they relate to the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL), and gives attendees the opportunity to earn 5-6 hours of CLE credit.

Kyle Elliott to Share IP Best Practices at iWerx Lunch & Learn Tuesday, December 5

As part of the iWerx “Lunch & Lean” program for entrepreneurs, Spencer Fane Partner Kyle Elliott will present “What Business Owners Should Know about Patent, Copyright and Trademark Laws.” In his presentation at 11:30 Tuesday, December 5, Kyle will explain the ins and outs of patent, trademark and copyright protection for innovative business products and services. Attendees can even learn how comic book icons Archie and Veronica are relevant to intellectual property issues.

Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 11:30-1:00
Location: iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, Missouri
Cost: $35 includes box lunch

RSVP here.

Laws Related to Blood Draws – Webinar, November 14

In conjunction with the Kansas Hospital Association and Missouri Hospital Association, Spencer Fane attorneys Laura Bond and Donn Herring will conduct a free educational webinar Tuesday, November 14, noon-1:30.

Laura and Donn will discuss the state laws in Kansas and Missouri, as well as federal laws related to law enforcement requests for emergency department staff to draw blood from a patient or to turnover already drawn blood samples. This complimentary webinar will provide clarification of these laws, which are often poorly written and inconsistent as they seek to address conflicting public policy concerns and objectives.

November 14, 2017
Noon-1:30 pm
Register here

2017 Employee Benefits Seminar

The Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group will host its annual seminar this fall in the Denver and Kansas City areas. The theme this year is:  “Benefits 2017:  Do You Know What You Need to Know?”  The following sessions will be included:

  • Understanding Retirement Plan Fees:  It’s a Fiduciary Issue
  • Is Your Health Plan Healthy?
  • The Keys to Retaining Key Employees

Each seminar runs from 7:30-11:50 am. Dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 – The Inverness Hotel, Englewood, CO
  • Thursday, Sept 28 – Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS

Click here to view the invitation and to register.

2017 Special District Association Conference, September 13-15

This year’s Special District Association (SDA) Conference, September 13-15 in Keystone, Colorado will feature two speakers from Spencer Fane.

Knock, Knock: Managing Risk in Internal and Government Investigations CLE, August 8

ACC Mid-America Chapter & Spencer Fane LLP jointly present:
Knock, Knock: Managing Risk in Internal and Government Investigations

Conducted by: Patrick McInerney, Partner and Mark A. Thornhill, Partner

COBRA Basics and More – Webinar

Laura Fischer, Ken Mason and Julia Vander Weele, partners in the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group will conduct a webinar providing a refresher on COBRA basics, discuss the future of COBRA (in the event of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act), and address several case-law developments.

Who’s Talking to Your Employees About Retirement? and Why You Should Care. – Seminar

Greg Ash, Chair of the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group, will join Chris Costello of bloom to a conduct a seminar geared toward HR and benefits professionals titled, “Who’s talking to your employees about retirement, and why you should care.” Greg will focus on the topic “The DOL’s fiduciary rule: now what?”

25th Annual Midwest Section Air and Waste Management Association

Paul Jacobson will present “EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.”

Click here to learn more about the conference.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to perform Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters this weekend

Spencer Fane is proud to be an underwriter of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Exploration Series, featuring in its next performance, Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters.

Advanced HOA Issues – Triple Crown, Developer Trifecta & Changes on the Horizon

Lisa Mayers will present “Advanced HOA Issues – Triple Crown, Developer Trifecta & Changes on the Horizon Stalled Development: Development Rights—Foreclosed, Expired, Ongoing; Unfinished Projects; Unannexed and Unannexable” to attorneys and developers sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association.

Kron, Dykstra to Share Insights at Special District Association of Colorado Conference

Spencer Fane partners Rick Kron and Russ Dykstra join an impressive lineup of speakers at the 2016 SDA Conference themed “Building a Winning Game Plan” spanning September 21st -23rd.

Community Bankers Association of Kansas – Deposit Account Training

Spencer Fane Partner, Elizabeth Fast will be conducting Deposit Account Training for Frontline Bankers in conjunction with the Community Bankers Association of Kansas.

National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition

Spencer Fane attorneys, Blane Markey & Laura Bond were selected to present at the NAMSS (National Association Medical Staff Services) 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition on September 19, 2016, in Boston.

2016 Employee Benefits Seminars

“One Step Ahead of the Regulators: Risk Avoidance Tips for Plan Sponsors”

Sept 15 – EPNEC, St. Louis, MO
Sept 21 – DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, MO
Sept 28 – Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS
Oct 20 – The Inverness Hotel, Denver, CO

Missouri SHRM Annual HR Conference

Sue will present “Severance Agreements and Releases: What Employers Need to Know.”

Click here to learn more.

Mid-Continent Refinery Association – HR Meeting – Napa, California

Spencer Fane Labor & Employment attorney’s Dave Wing and Denise Portnoy will attend the Mid-Continent Refinery Association HR Meeting in Napa, California.

CEO Roundtable – Kansas City, MO

Dave Wing and Mike McCann presented “DOL White Collar Salary Level Regulations” to local CEO’s of non-profit groups.

American Public Transportation Rail Conference

Denise Portnoy will present “Maximizing Your Multi-Generational Talent Pool” and “Labor Relations Think Tank.”

Click here to learn more.

Southeast Kansas Business Conference

Dave Wing will present “Employment Law Update.”

Click here to learn more.

Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute Annual Conference

Casey Murray and Sue Willman will present “Legal and HR Trends and Outlook.”

Kelly Campbell will present “Ethics: Cybersecurity at Law Firms.”

Click here for more information.

Oklahoma SHRM Annual HR Conference

Sue Willman will present “Partners, Pregnancy and Parenthood Protections and Policy Considerations”

Click here for more information.

IRS Curtailment of Determination Letter Program: What Does it Mean for Your Company’s Retirement Plan?

Employers who sponsor qualified retirement plans will soon see radical changes to the IRS determination letter program (the current program for obtaining IRS approval regarding the tax-qualified status of the sponsor’s plan document). Starting January 1, 2017, the IRS will no longer issue periodic determinations regarding the qualified status of “individually designed” retirement plan documents.

Kansas Hospital Association Human Resources Conference

Sue Willman will present “The Three Accommodation Obligations: Religious Beliefs, Pregnancy, and Disability”

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Arkansas SHRM Annual HR Conference

Sue Willman will present “The Three Accommodation Obligations: Religious Beliefs, Pregnancy, and Disability”

Click here to learn more.

Environmental Enforcement and Crimes – EPA and DOJ Announce New Initiatives and How it Affects You

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its new National Enforcement Initiatives aimed at protecting public health and national pollution challenges for FY 2017-2019. These new initiatives, coupled with other recent significant announcements by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding a new emphasis for individual accountability for corporate malfeasance (“Yates Memo”) along with an expanded focus on DOJ’s and OSHA’s worker endangerment initiative, underscore a new paradigm shift for businesses and individuals in how EPA and the DOJ intend to enforce the nation’s environmental, health and safety (“EHS”) laws over the coming years.

The Brave New “Fiduciary” World: Understanding the DOL’s Fiduciary Regulation

Complimentary Webinar

Join us for an in-depth analysis of the Department of Labor’s recently finalized package of rules governing who is a “fiduciary” under ERISA. These new rules will significantly alter the regulatory landscape for employers, employees, retirement plans, investment consultants, brokers, and even IRA holders. In this one-hour webinar we will discuss:

  • Who is a “fiduciary” now?
  • What changes can employers expect from plan providers?
  • How does the new regulatory regime affect employers and other plan fiduciaries?
  • What is the “best interest” standard and when does it apply?
  • What should employers – and employees – know about rollover and IRA advice?
  • Key effective and implementation dates.

Register here.

Practical Approaches to Enhance Environmental Due Diligence

This course will focus on approaches to environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions including Phase I environmental site assessments, compliance audits and business risk evaluations.

35th Annual Midwest Bankruptcy Institute

ABI and UMKC School of Law are pleased to present the 35th Annual Midwest Bankruptcy Institute at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

Transition & Next Generation Planning for the A/E/C Industry

This event is hosted by accounting provider CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) and law firm Spencer Fane. Together, they invite you to join them for an afternoon seminar focused on the accounting and legal challenges companies in the A/E/C industry may encounter when faced with transition and next generation planning

Bank Front Line Staff Seminar

Elizabeth Fast of Spencer Fane will conduct training sessions for front-line banking staff September 24 in Phillipsburg, KS and September 29 in Mayetta, KS., in conjunction with the Community Bankers Association of Kansas (CBA). The 2-hour sessions will cover important banking laws and regulations that are essential knowledge for staff members to properly handle a bank’s operations. Cost is only $49 for CBA members, and $69 for non-members. To register, go to http://cbak.com/ and click on “Calendar.”

Fall 2015 Employee Benefits Seminar

Join Spencer Fane’s Employee Benefits Practice Group for a free, half-day seminar. Agenda topics are Data Dilemmas: Cyber-Security Issues for Benefit Plans, Who’s in Charge of Your Retirement Plan? Lessons in ERISA Governance and Risk Avoidance Techniques, and Health Care Reform: What’s the Latest from Washington?

Organizational Management of Cyber Security for Private and Public Sector Institutions in 2015 LIVE Webcast

Cyber security is an increasingly critical issue for all organizations. However, it remains poorly understood. Large financial firms, retailers, manufacturers and telecommunications are amongst the principal targets for organized criminals, cyber terrorists, activists, hackers, and others. An attack on an institution, with the concomitant loss of vital data, can be devastating to the firm’s reputation. The risks of attack and the ultimate consequences thereof seem to grow almost exponentially.

2015 Labor & Employment Seminar – Denver

Program “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”:

–  Employment Law Update and Lessons Learned from Employment Litigation
–  Partners, Pregnancy, and Parenthood Protections
–  Expansion of Employee Rights and Demise of Employer Rights Under the NLRA
–  Retaliation: The New #1 Employment Claim
–  Practical Tips for Managing ADA and FMLA Challenges
–  What You Should Have In Your Risk Avoidance Toolbox

Hospital Leadership Seminar

Hospital board members play a critical role in the operation of a hospital. In fact, the hospital board is ultimately responsible for a variety of issues including medical staff credentialing, peer review, affiliations, finance, employment issues, regulatory compliance, accreditation, licensure, patient care, conflicts of interest and more. In an interactive role play, our experienced healthcare attorneys will dissect the anatomy of a board meeting to highlight the variety of issues that arise in a board meeting, what board members should look for, and provide practical guidance on dealing with these issues.

MHA 2015 Leadership Forum

MHA’s Leadership Forum provides an excellent opportunity and value for hospital leaders and trustees to meet together and develop an increased understanding of the issues and concerns facing Missouri hospitals. Learn from outstanding national speakers on topics of importance to Missouri hospitals, while sharing experiences and networking with your colleagues throughout the state. Click here to register.

KHA Rural Health Symposium

Click here for information.

Kansas City Manufacturing Network June Meeting

Environmental Compliance and Manufacturing: Traps for the Unwary // Keeping Employees Safe, Increasing Your Bottom Line & Doing The Right Thing

While regulation is not everyone’s favorite subject, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. Join us in June for 2 speakers who are experienced, knowledgeable and will keep you engaged in a topic you never knew could be so interesting!

2015 Labor & Employment Seminar – Springfield

Program “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”:

–  Employment Law Update and Lessons Learned from Employment Litigation
–  Partners, Pregnancy, and Parenthood Protections
–  Expansion of Employee Rights and Demise of Employer Rights Under the NLRA
–  Retaliation: The New #1 Employment Claim
–  Practical Tips for Managing ADA and FMLA Challenges
–  What You Should Have In Your Risk Avoidance Toolbox

2015 Labor & Employment Seminar – Joplin

Program “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”:

–  Employment Law Update and Lessons Learned from Employment Litigation
–  Partners, Pregnancy, and Parenthood Protections
–  Expansion of Employee Rights and Demise of Employer Rights Under the NLRA
–  Retaliation: The New #1 Employment Claim
–  Practical Tips for Managing ADA and FMLA Challenges
–  What You Should Have In Your Risk Avoidance Toolbox

2015 Labor & Employment Seminar – St. Louis

Program “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”:

–  Employment Law Update and Lessons Learned from Employment Litigation
–  Partners, Pregnancy, and Parenthood Protections
–  Expansion of Employee Rights and Demise of Employer Rights Under the NLRA
–  Retaliation: The New #1 Employment Claim
–  Practical Tips for Managing ADA and FMLA Challenges
–  What You Should Have In Your Risk Avoidance Toolbox

Restating Pre-approved (Prototype/Volume Submitter) Plan Documents

An increasing number of qualified plan sponsors use IRS-preapproved (i.e., “prototype” or “volume submitter”) plan documents provided by a third-party service provider (such as the plan’s investment provider or recordkeeper). All employers who have adopted a pre-approved plan with a 2008 IRS opinion letter must restate their plans by adopting an updated (2014) version of the document by no later than April 30, 2016. As pre-approved plans become increasingly complex (with literally hundreds of plan design options to choose from), it is increasingly easy to make mistakes when restating them, even if the terms of the plan have not changed. The restatement process is also a good time to reconsider your plan design or add new features (such as automatic enrollment or a Roth conversion option).

Deciphering the ACA Reporting Rules

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) potentially imposes two new reporting requirements on employers under Tax Code Sections 6055 and 6056.

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Due Diligence: Background Checks; Credit Checks; Social Media Reviews

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Due Diligence:  Background Checks; Credit Checks; Social Media Reviews with Ron Fano, Managing Partner, Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne.  Due diligence in hiring is crucial to the success of any employer but knowing exactly what to do and not do in researching a prospective employee, and what pitfalls are out there is imperative for the HR professional.  This presentation will focus on a  discussion of the best practices for doing due diligence before hiring employees and the law governing such due diligence in three specific areas:  criminal background checks, credit checks and social media review.

Presentation to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce on Hiring Due Diligence—Credit Checks, Criminal Background Checks and the Use of Social Media

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Due Diligence:  Background Checks; Credit Checks; Social Media Reviews with Ron Fano, Managing Partner, Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne.  Due diligence in hiring is crucial to the success of any employer but knowing exactly what to do and not do in researching a prospective employee, and what pitfalls are out there is imperative for the HR professional.  This presentation will focus on a  discussion of the best practices for doing due diligence before hiring employees and the law governing such due diligence in three specific areas:  criminal background checks, credit checks and social media review.

2015 Strategic HR Peer Group

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.

 

Colorado Historic Tax Credit Seminar

In this 1-hour seminar, learn about recent changes to the Colorado historic tax credits, and how they can generate cash for your redevelopment project.

Thursday, January 29, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, reception to follow from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Spencer Fane office in Downtown Denver, 1700 Lincoln, 20th Floor

Employee Benefits Seminar – Springfield, MO October 14

DoubleTree Hotel
2431 North Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO

Employee Benefits Seminar – Overland Park, KS September 24

Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS

Employee Benefits Seminar – St. Louis, September 17

Employee Benefits Seminar
Wednesday, September 17
1:00 – 4:30pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)
320 South Euclid
St. Louis, Missouri

Employee Benefits Seminar – St. Louis, MO September 17

Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)
320 South Euclid
St. Louis, Missouri

2014 Employee Benefits Fall Seminar

Join Spencer Fane’s Employee Benefits Practice Group for a free, half-day seminar. We’ll start with a primer on how to survive a DOL or IRS audit, and then follow with updates concerning both retirement plans and health & welfare plans. A reception will follow.

SEMINAR: Learn How to Succeed in Government Contracts

If you’ve shied away from government contracts in the past, this free seminar will give you a working knowledge of how to succeed when working with the government.

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