Todd Shadid Recognized for Community Contributions



Klenda Austerman Member, Todd Shadid, was recently recognized for community contributions to the Wichita Police Department Auto Crime Enforcement (ACE) Unit. As executive director and general counsel for the Wichita Automobile Dealers Association (WADA), Todd accepted the WADA award for contributions to the task force that helped the task force recover more than $2.6 million worth of stolen vehicles and arrest more than 50 criminals in seven months. WADA funded the purchase of GPS tracking …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Tom Henry



Klenda Austerman law firm in Wichita, Kansas welcomes Thomas Henry as Associate. Tom’s practice focuses on civil litigation and estate planning. Tom Henry received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and his MBA in Finance from Baker University. Tom spent six years in business operations and finance before pursuing a law degree, gaining first-hand knowledge of standard business practices which shape his approach to litigation. At Klenda Austerman Tom is dedicated to highlighting …

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How large Wichita employers can prepare now for Biden’s vaccine mandate



Uncertainty surrounds Biden’s vaccine mandate, but Wichita’s large companies can start preparing now by Shelby Kellerman, Wichita Business Journal It’s been almost a month since the White House unveiled plans to order large employers with at least 100 workers to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine in their workplaces or require weekly testing of unvaccinated employees — and there’s still a lot of unknowns. It’s a familiar feeling to Wichita companies, who have been in a strange …

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Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers



Even if you did not watch the Presidential address to the nation on September 9, you have no doubt seen some sort of breaking news or pop-up announcement indicating that the Executive Office will be “mandating vaccines for all employer with 100+ employees.” To clarify, the vaccine mandate rule will actually be coming from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Currently, OSHA is working on developing a new administrative rule that …

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New Paid Leave Benefits for COVID



Paid COVID Leave Benefits for Employees: Act III by Michelle Brenwald Klenda Austerman Employment Attorney In 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided paid leave benefits to employees for various COVID related reasons. The FFCRA mandated employers with fewer than 500 employees (with limited exceptions) to provide the paid leave benefit through Dec. 31, 2020, in exchange for specific dollar-for-dollar payroll tax credits. Although the “mandate” that employers provide such benefits expired, employers …

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Liquidated Damages Clauses



Can Employers Use Liquidated Damages Clauses to Penalize Employees for Breaching an Employment Agreement? by Michael Baumberger, Klenda Austerman Employment Law Attorney A “liquidated damage” is a specified amount of money set forth in a contract and agreed upon by both parties as the amount of damages a breaching party must pay if a breach of contract occurs. Employers often include liquidated damages clauses in employment agreements in order to punish or penalize their ex-employees …

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Kansas Oil and Gas Litigation



Klenda Austerman Attorney Lauren Wright recently had an article published in the Kansas Bar Association “Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law Section Newsletter.” She reported on oil and gas litigation regarding an ACLU case filed against former Kansas Corporation Commission’s (KCC) deputy general counsel arising out of two environmentalists’ participation in protests that opposed oil and gas activities across Kansas. Before moving to private practice, Lauren spent two years as litigation counsel for the state, representing …

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Incorporating Drones into Your Business Model



Security concerns and drone law are often an afterthought for individual entrepreneurs and companies interested in incorporating drones into their business models. This can have serious consequences for unsuspecting operators. Ethan McInteer, Klenda Austerman Aviation Attorney, examines these issues and more in his article, Adapting to the Times: The Questionable Applicability of Article 3bis to Cyberweapons Demands New Approach to Safeguarding International Commercial Drone Operations, which is featured in the Autumn 2020 edition of Issues …

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Extended – COVID Paid Leave Benefits



COVID paid leave benefits for employees extended … kind of. As Americans anxiously await an update on the status of the next stimulus package, many employers have been asking the Employment  Law Attorneys at Klenda Austerman what the ongoing economic relief efforts mean for employees who will need time off due to COVID after the first of the year. With paid time off benefits under the Families First Corona Virus Response Act (FFCRA) set to …

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate?



CAN THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRE YOU TO GET A COVID-19 VACCINE? With the recent rollout of the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, many are wondering whether the government can require individuals to take the vaccine, or any vaccine for that matter. Klenda Austerman attorney, Michael Baumberger addresses this question through the lens of a previous court ruling for the smallpox vaccination. Can the government require individuals to take a COVID-19 vaccine? The short answer is …

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