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Since 1857

Our professional excellence runs deep.

For over 160 years, we have represented leading citizens, businesses, and institutions in communities, large and small, throughout the Midwest. We take pride in providing clients the highest level of expertise, advocacy, and guidance in helping them achieve their goals, and in building the places we call home.

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We live, work and thrive best when we do it together. Cline Williams has made our home in the Great Plains, and we believe in building strong communities through service. We support our communities through board service, volunteering, and contributing financial and other resources. Your community is our community and we are proud to support many charitable organizations throughout the Great Plains.

On March 1, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a 53-page opinion declaring the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) unconstitutional and permanently enjoined the government from enforcing the CTA against the plaintiffs in the case. At first glance, the decision could be read as banning the federal government from enforcing the significant and burdensome reporting requirements included in the CTA for millions of businesses. However, the Court’s ruling only applies to approximately .1%-.2% of all businesses in the United States.

On January 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule, Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, that provides guidance on whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule is set to take effect on March 11, 2024, and revises the DOL’s prior guidance on independent contractor classifications under the FLSA. The final rule rescinds and replaces the DOL’s previous 2021 rule, which the DOL viewed as a departure from longstanding judicial precedent and the text of the FLSA.

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) published its highly anticipated final rule, “Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status,” set to take effect December 26, 2023. The new rule rescinds and replaces the NLRB’s previous 2020 rule, establishing a new standard to determine whether two employers are considered “joint employers” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”).

Generally, the new rule provides that an entity may be considered a joint employer of another entity's employees if the two employers share or codetermine the employees' essential terms and conditions of employment. At face value, this would not seem to alter the previous standard in a significant or meaningful way; however, the new rule goes on to drastically expand the underlying standard for determining joint employer status.