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Legislative Update

When: Thursday, August 17th
From 11:30 to 1:00 (Check-in begins at 11:15)
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
4155 S Nature Center Way
Springfield, Missouri  65804
United States
Presenter: Elizabeth Wente and Wade Early, Spencer Fane LLP

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Legislative Update

This presentation is intended to educate HR professionals on changes to both the federal and state employment laws and regulations. We will focus on the amendments to the Missouri Human Rights Act and the impact we anticipate on the changes it will have on how employers evaluate such claims. We will also discuss anticipated shifts in the federal and state agencies and how those shifts will impact employers. Finally, we will discuss several notable employment law decisions from both Missouri and Federal courts.


Learning Objectives:

1. To provide an updated status on recent legislative changes at a federal and state level and the anticipated impact on employers. 

2. To provide updates on anticipated enforcement actions from federal and state agencies and the impact on employers. 

3. To provide updates on notable decisions in both Federal and Missouri courts.


Presenter: Elizabeth Wente and Wade Early, Spencer Fane LLP

Elizabeth Wente assists employers in employment counseling and employment litigation matters. Elizabeth's primary focus is providing counseling and risk management services to assist clients in reducing their potential risk for employment-related litigation claims in the future.

To reduce such risks, Elizabeth advises employers on issues such as policy drafting, handbook reviews, hiring decisions, drafting employment agreements, discipline and termination decisions, drafting separation agreements, reductions in force, misclassification issues, providing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and accommodating employees with disabilities.

Elizabeth also conducts internal investigations for employers and internal audits of employers' human resources practices in order to identify potential areas of improvement. Further, she assists clients in developing and conducting training programs for supervisors and non-supervising employees regarding issues such as harassment and discrimination, employers' obligations under the FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act, best practices for supervisors, updates on employment law issues, and wage and hour issues.

Elizabeth also represents employers in litigation matters including handling administrative charges and lawsuits regarding various employment claims such as discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful termination in violation of public policy claims, and non-competition disputes. Additionally, she assists employers with traditional labor issues such as unfair labor practices charges and arbitrations.


Wade Early helps employers by litigating discrimination, retaliation, non-compete and other employment-related claims. Wade also emphasizes prevention by providing clients with human resource training and risk management counseling with the goal of avoiding litigation wherever possible.

Additionally, Wade handles various litigation matters for employers including construction disputes and creditor’s rights issues.

Wade was awarded his juris doctor, magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review. In his free time you are likely to find Wade on a wakeboard or wakesurfing on Table Rock Lake or in a duck blind with friends and family members.

Highlights of Wade Early’s experience include:

  • Enforced non-compete and non-solicitation provisions in employment contracts.
  • Prevented former employees from taking and using company trade secrets and proprietary information to compete against former employer.
  • Defended multiple employment related claims, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and fraudulent inducement into employment.

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