Adrian and Stucky speak at KBA seminar on water lawTom Adrian and Dave Stucky recently were asked to present to other lawyers at the Kansas Bar Association’s Recreational Law CLE. The title of the presentation was “The Sportsman’s Legal Guide to Recreational Water Uses.” As suggested by the title, Adrian and Stucky covered a range of topics on this subject matter, such as the nature of a recreational use as a recognized category when applying for a water right, how and when to apply for the appropriate permit(s) when constructing a pond and river channel ownership and boundaries. Adrian and Stucky devote a considerable portion of their practice to water law and are both attorneys with Adrian & Pankratz, P.A.Local attorney forecasts continued enforcement by fedsThe results of the 2012 election mean central Kansas employers should anticipate four additional years of active enforcement of wage and discrimination laws by the federal government, Newton attorney Randy Pankratz said in a news release. Pankratz attended an Employment Law Conference in Chicago in the two days following the presidential election, which included an examination of how employers should prepare for the continued emphasis on enforcement by federal agencies. “The result of the election doesn’t automatically change the flow of the law,” Pankratz said, “but it does likely mean that federal regulatory activity by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the U.S. Department of Labor will continue at a vigorous pace. Local employers need to be aware of that, and be sure they’re prepared if the government comes knocking.” Pankratz noted particular activity by federal enforcement authorities and private attorneys in the areas of discrimination, retaliation, and allegedly improper classification of employees as exempt from federal wage laws. “The re-election of the president is seen as a signal to federal agencies to continue on their current course,” Pankratz commented. “In the case of agencies policing employers, that will generally mean more investigators and heightened involvement with enforcement activities.” Pankratz is an attorney with the Adrian & Pankratz law firm in Newton, where part of his practice is helping employers in planning for the possibility of government inquiries, and responding to investigatory requests.Local eyecare specialists attend recent state conferenceTOPEKA — More than 280 optometrists and 185 optometric assistants attended the 2012 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 13 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for re-licensure. Among those attending were Drs. Craig Baier, Ron Fiegel, and Jennifer and Ryan Simmonds of Newton. The seminar included sessions on common anterior segment conditions, MRSA, systemic medications for special populations, signs in neuro-ophthalmology, papilledema and drug-related neuro-ophthalmic adverse effects. Attendees also heard presentations on the new KanCare Program and the Kansas Health Information Network, and they had the opportunity to visit with representatives from the optometric industry focusing on eyewear, optometric equipment, electronic health records, patient services and practice management.MKC announces favorable private letter ruling from IRSMKC announced it has received a favorable private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service with respect to the application of the rules in subchapter T of the Internal Revenue Code (concerning the taxation of cooperatives and their patrons) and the calculation of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (section 199). According to Danny Posch, chief financial officer, the ruling will allow the cooperative to significantly increase the annual tax deduction allowed under the Domestic Production Activities Deduction. “The ruling supports our position that with modest changes to the grain settlement process, grain purchased from our members through Team Marketing Alliance (TMA) can be considered per-unit retain allocations paid in money with respect to the Domestic Production Activities Deduction calculation,” states Posch. “This simple clarification will allow the cooperative to increase the annual tax deduction from approximately $300,000 to $3.5 million.” Posch added that this deduction, once calculated, can be utilized as a cooperative deduction or passed through to its members to be utilized on their personal tax returns. “We anticipate to be fully utilizing this deduction by next year and will be communicating to our membership over the next 10 to 12 months about the benefits of the deduction and how it affects individual members.”Four Kansas lenders receive USDA Homeownership AwardCitizens Bank of Kansas N.A., Community Bank of the Midwest, Golden Plains Credit Union and Peoples Bank & Trust in McPherson have been selected to receive the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program Outstanding Lender Award. The award recognizes lenders who in partnership with USDA Rural Development have made a significant contribution in assisting rural Kansans with the financing and purchasing of a home. Awardees are being recognized for having the highest percentage of complete GRH applications turned into the agency, as well as having less than 3 percent of first year home-loan delinquencies on GRH loans.