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June 4, 2020

Firm Associates Welcome Two New Associates with Virtual Happy Hour

Berkowitz Oliver associates recently held a virtual happy hour to welcome new associates Mo Khan and Ben Donovan to the firm. Mo Khan is a 2018 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Annual Review Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. He recently relocated to Kansas City from Denver, Colorado, where he worked at an AmLaw 100 firm. Prior to law school, Mo served as agenda clerk to the Kansas Senate Minority Leader, where he researched, tracked, …

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April 8, 2020

Berkowitz Oliver Employment Counseling Group Publishes Client Alert on the ADA and COVID-19

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys Kathleen Nemechek and Sharon Stallbaumer recently published a client alert on the ADA and the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of ADA issues arise when dealing with COVID-19 workplace safety, and some key questions and answers can be found in the attached client alert here .

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April 2, 2020

Gilman Presents on TCPA, Trademark Infringement to KU Students

Partner Stacey Gilman presented a virtual guest lecture on the TCPA, consumer consent, and privacy issues, and trademark infringement, to a marketing course at the University of Kansas on April 1, 2020. Stacey served as Associate Editor for the  Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review  while in law school at the University of Michigan , and has been named a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation for many years.

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March 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQs Regarding New Paid Leave laws

The U.S. Department of Labor ( DOL ) has issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by providing a series of FAQs. In the FAQs, the DOL addresses a number of issues including calculation of the 500-employee threshold, potential exemptions for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees), calculating rates of pay, documentation requirements, telework, intermittent leave, furloughs, and “top off” policies. A link to the FAQs can be found here . In addition, the DOL has provided the …

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March 24, 2020

Firm Letter to Clients About Coronavirus Outbreak and Continuity of Firm Operations

The Firm has posted a  letter to clients about its response to the coronavirus outbreak and changes to its day-to-day operations. The Firm remains fully operational and available to handle all client matters, though most personnel are temporarily working remotely.

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March 20, 2020

Berkowitz Oliver Employment Counseling Group Publishes Client Alert on Emergency Leave Law

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys Kathleen Nemechek and Sharon Stallbaumer  recently published a client alert on the federal emergency leave law entitled the “ Families First Coronavirus Response Act ,” signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The law provides leave to employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The key provisions are summarized in the attached client alert.  

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February 14, 2020

Wieland Presents to Elementary School Students on Being a Lawyer

Partner Jennifer Wieland presented on being a lawyer to students at Career Awareness Day at Prairie Ridge Elementary in Shawnee, Kansas on February 12, 2020. She discussed what lawyers do, why they are important in our society, and school subjects that are helpful preparation for law school. Wieland was named a 2019 Super Lawyer for Business Litigation.

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January 22, 2020

Nemechek, Villanueva Obtain Defense Verdict in Chicago Employment Trial

On January 21, 2020, Berkowitz Oliver partners Kathy Nemechek and Jocelyn Villanueva obtained a complete defense verdict in a six-day trial in an employment case for client Ford Motor Company. Tried in federal court in Chicago, the case involved allegations of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981.

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