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PROTECTING FROM DISCOVERY AN IN-HOUSE COUNSEL’S INVESTIGATION

Download PDF of this Article by F. James Robinson Not every company’s communication with its in-house counsel is privileged. Only confidential communications which involve the requesting or giving of legal advice are privileged. Dartez v. Peters, No. 15-3255-EFM-GEB,2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123178 *43, 2019 WL 3318185 (D. Kan. July 24, 2019). There must be a […]

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REGULATIONS ISSUED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA) ON APRIL 1 PROVIDE INVALUABLE GUIDANCE

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued regulations that provide guidance and examples to help explain FFCRA.  https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/Pandemic/FFCRA.pdf Below are some highlights.   Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who are unable to work for six reasons having to […]

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COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act.  This includes the requirement for reasonable accommodation and rules about medical examinations and inquiries. The EEOC updated their Guidance previously drafted in 2009 in response to the H1Ni virous, incorporating changes relevant to […]

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WHAT ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT?

by Jon Newman The Department of Labor has provided some guidance on application of FFCRA to small business of less than 50 employees.   A small business is an employer, including a religious or nonprofit organization, with fewer than 50 employees. When does the small business exemption apply to exclude a small business from the […]

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THE 30-DAY DEADLINE IN FEDERAL COURT TO FILE A MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY MAY BE RELAXED WHILE THE PARTIES ARE MEETING AND CONFERING

Download PDF of this Article by F. James Robinson By rule, federal courts in the District of Kansas require that a motion to compel discovery be “filed and served within 30 days of the default or service of the response, answer, or objection that is the subject of the motion, unless the court extends the […]

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Open Meetings in the Era of a Pandemic

Social distancing requires governmental bodies to find a new way to operate.  The requirements of the of the Kansas Open Meeting laws still apply, even when there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather and the public is encouraged to stay home.   To help local governments continue to function and ensure […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Employer Paid Leave Requirements Immediate Action Required With the rapid changes of the last few weeks, it is hard to keep track of what has been enacted into law and what is being discussed. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FCRA) is law and will apply to employers beginning April 1, 2020. It provides paid […]

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HILBURN V. ENERPIPE AND ITS IMPACT ON STATUTORY NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES CAPS IN KANSAS TORT ACTIONS

Download PDF of this Article by F. James Robinson On June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court in Hilburn v. Enerpipe Ltd (No. 112,765) struck down K.S.A. 60-19a02, which capped non-economic damages in personal injury actions.  Hilburn was an automobile negligence case. The jury awarded the injured plaintiff $335,000, comprising $33,490.86 in economic damages for medical expenses […]

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Hite, Fanning & Honeyman supports the American Heart Association

This past weekend was a fun time for the firm as we hosted the Heart Ball After Party for the first time! Who knew we were such good dancers? And as much fun as we had with hundreds of our closest friends, the best part is that the local chapter of the American Heart Association […]

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Linda Parks to Chair the Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission

Our managing partner, Linda Parks, has been appointed to the newly formed Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission. Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order establishing the Nominating Commission and appointed Linda to chair the commission. The first order of business will be to submit nominations to the governor to fill the current vacancy on […]

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Stephen Netherton Named Partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Netherton has become a partner with our firm. Stephen has been with us as an associate since 2013. As an experienced trial lawyer, Stephen brings a passion for advocating for clients as well as a commitment to the community. He will continue to focus on civil litigation defense, […]

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