January 8, 2021 Missouri Federal Court Upholds Non-Compete and Trade Secret AgreementBy:  Jim Nowogrocki Finding that a territory manager’s use and disclosure of a former employer’s trade secrets appeared inevitable, a federal judge in Missouri recently issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting his current employment with an industry competitor. In its preliminary ruling, the Court decided that the plaintiff, a national beverage distributor, was likely …

Missouri Federal Court Upholds Non-Compete and Trade Secret Agreement

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December 22, 2020 EEOC Issues New Guidelines For COVID-19 Vaccines in the WorkplaceThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just issued its initial guidance on COVID vaccinations in the workplace, including whether an employer can mandate vaccine usage. The EEOC clarified that requiring a vaccine is not a “medical examination” as that term is used under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), even if it is administered …

EEOC Issues New Guidelines For COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace

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November 16, 2020 Litigation Update: Pizza, Provel and Ravioli; MO Supreme Court rules on invoice issueAfter an ingredient supplier of Italian food products sued a pizza restaurant company for amounts due on unpaid invoices, the Missouri Supreme Court recently reversed the trial court’s judgment for the supplier, finding that Missouri’s 5-year statute of limitations barred the legal claims. The Court held that signed invoices did not contain a written promise …

Litigation Update: Pizza, Provel and Ravioli; MO Supreme Court rules on invoice issue

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October 12, 2020 Independent Contractor or Not? Changes Loom on Legal Horizon with Proposed DOL RuleChanges loom on legal horizon with proposed DOL rule Reflecting a recent legal trend to clarify whether an individual is properly classified as an employee or independent contractor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule to determine this status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. (FLSA) In its proposal, the DOL …

Independent Contractor or Not? Changes Loom on Legal Horizon with Proposed DOL Rule

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April 10, 2020 IRS Offers Relief For 1031 ExchangesTreasury Notice 2020-23, released April 9, 2020 provides some relief to taxpayers engaged in like-kind exchanges. The full notice is available here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-23.pdf The Notice provides an extension to July 15, 2020 for taxpayers whose 45th day identification period or 180th day exchange period fall between April 1, 2020 and July 14, 2020. Likewise, taxpayers engaged in reverse …

IRS Offers Relief For 1031 Exchanges

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April 2, 2020 IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scamsThe IRS has issued a warning about Coronavirus-related scams, and a reminder to watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments. From the warning: “We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an …

IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams

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April 2, 2020 IRS Initiatives in Response to Covid-19 CrisisThe Internal Revenue Service has announced a series of new initiatives to assist taxpayers during the COVID-19 crisis, including extending the deadline for filing federal income tax returns to July 15, 2020, and providing immediate relief through the People First Initiative, which includes, but is not limited to, relief for taxpayers relating to Installment Agreements, …

IRS Initiatives in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

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April 1, 2020 Employers Required to Post NoticeThe Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers to post or otherwise provide notice to employees regarding expanded rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by April 1, 2020.  All covered employers are required to display and keep displayed the poster linked below. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place …

Employers Required to Post Notice

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April 1, 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ActSummers Compton Wells LLC has been closely monitoring legislative and regulatory developments concerning the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to help business owners understand how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  Updated April 3, 2020. CARES Act The firm has prepared some resources that might be useful to small businesses, including self-employed individuals and sole-proprietors, under the …

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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March 24, 2020 St. Louis Area Authorities Issue “Stay at Home” OrdersDue to the spread and threat of COVID-19, authorities in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County have issued Orders for residents to stay at home unless engaged in essential business. The Order for St. Louis County went into effect on March 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue …

St. Louis Area Authorities Issue “Stay at Home” Orders

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