Overtime regulations on hold until further notice

November 23, 2016 – Jim Spencer Late yesterday afternoon, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on the Department of Labor’s overtime regulations that were set to take effect on December 1, 2016. The injunction is nationwide. Preliminary injunctions are immediately appealable, so we would not be surprised if the Department of Labor Continue Reading

7th Circuit: Sexual Orientation not Protected Category under Title VII

July 30, 2016 – by Jim Spencer For several years, the EEOC has interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) as forbidding any employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The EEOC’s position is that even though Title VII doesn’t say anything about sexual orientation, the prohibition against sex discrimination is Continue Reading

New OSHA Regulations – Action Required by 11/1/16

July 29, 2016 – by Jim Spencer By now, most of us are tired of hearing about new federal regulations on employers. But the regulators in Washington aren’t getting tired.  Instead, they’re picking up steam during the last months of the current administration. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining in the fun Continue Reading

New Overtime Regulations – Effective December 1, 2016

May 18, 2016 – Jim Spencer After months of anticipation and dread from employers, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the content of its updated regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new rules go into Continue Reading

Independent Oil Companies Have Opportunity for Estate and Succession Planning

Laura Mossman, Hinkle Law Firm LLC Mitch Caddell, BKD With recent declines in oil and gas prices, owners of family-owned, closely held energy companies have the opportunity to transfer significant wealth to the next generation or to key employees at reduced prices. Whether you’re transferring entity interests and individual holdings or funding trusts for the Continue Reading

New definition of “Spouse” for FMLA

Earlier today, the Department of Labor announced that the definition of “Spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is changing, effective March 27, 2015.  The current definition of “Spouse” looks to the place of residence – i.e., where an employee lives – in determining whether an employee is married.  The new definition of “Spouse” Continue Reading

HINKLE MEMBER ERIC NAMEE TO PRESENT AT KANSAS SHRM

Member Eric Namee is scheduled to present twice at the 2013 SHRM Employee Benefits conference in May. On May 3, Namee will give a presentation entitled 401(k) Mistakes and How to Fix Them. On the following day he presents How to Protect Your Retirement Plan from Lawsuits. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Continue Reading

HINKLE MEMBER ERIC NAMEE TO PRESENT AT KANSAS SHRM

Member Eric Namee is scheduled to present twice at the 2013 SHRM Employee Benefits conference in May.  On May 3, Namee will give a presentation entitled 401(k) Mistakes and How to Fix Them. On the following day he presents How to Protect Your Retirement Plan from Lawsuits. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Continue Reading

Hinkle Law Firm Member assists with $1.45B Halcón Resources deal.

Member John Broomes assisted Houston-based oil and gas explorer Halcón Resources with a $1.45B acquisition in the Bakken Shale. Halcón bought producing and undeveloped oil and gas assets in North Dakota’s Williston Basin from Petro-Hunt LLC. Broomes was one of several attorneys brought in to assist the internal legal team at Halcón. Click here for Continue Reading

Member Eric Namee to speak to the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

The Society of Financial Service Professionals – Wichita Chapter has invited Hinkle Member Eric Namee to speak at an event November 20, 2012.  The topic is Government Focus on ERISA Plan Fiduciaries (Including Financial Professionals): How to Fulfill Legal Obligations and Avoid Liability.

Beneficiary Controlled Trusts: Balancing Asset Protection and Flexibility

A comment that I hear from many people is that they want their kids to have access to their inhertance, but they also don’t want the assets to be mismanaged or go to a divorcing spouse or other creditor.  In their minds, how their kids (or their surviving spouse) receives their inheritance is all or Continue Reading