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Christopher L. Brigham, Chairman of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy’s Employment Practices Group, will conduct a two-hour sexual harassment training session in accordance with the mandates of Connecticut law for members of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce on March 18, 2020.  As of October 1, 2019, all Connecticut employers with three or more employees are now subject to expanded notice and training requirements regarding the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.  Attorney Bri ...

Bulletin On February 7, 2020, the staff of the Office of Municipal Securities (the "Staff') of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 21 (the "Bulletin") which provides the views of the Staff concerning the application of the antifraud provisions of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") and Rule l0b-5 promulgated thereunder (collectively, the "antifraud provisions") to any statement of a municipal issuer that is reasona ...

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (the “SECURE Act”) was signed into law by the President on Dec. 20, 2019.  Effective January 1, 2020, the SECURE Act expands some benefits associated with IRA, 401(k) and other qualified retirement plans.  Perhaps the most significant benefit offered by the SECURE Act is the change to the required minimum distribution (“RMD”) rules. Under prior law, account owners were required to begin taking minimum distributions from IRAs beginning ...

Jonathan Canestri will be speaking at an upcoming event hosted by the Real Estate Finance Association of CT on March 25, 2020.  The panel will focus on financial planning geared towards young professionals, with Mr. Canestri providing insight on estate planning and tax planning topics including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning tools. Click here for more information on the event. ...

Shareholder Michael P. Botelho will be chairing a panel entitled “Role and Responsibilities of Underwriter’s Counsel” at the Institute, a conference sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) to be held in San Diego in March 2020.  Attorney Botelho is Chairman of the firm’s Public Finance practice group and is a former Chairman of NABL’s Tax and Securities Law Institute, the most advanced conference for bond counsel practitioners in the country.  In addition, he has served on n ...

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. combines its historic Connecticut roots and entrepreneurial spirit to provide to our clients proactive and innovative representation and solutions to the complex issues and needs of our clients in the area of employment law.  As part of this commitment to our mission, we offer you this periodic e-newsletter.

On November 15, 2019, UKS associates Valerie M. Ferdon and Gideon Asemnor were honored by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for their pro bono representation of abused women seeking restraining orders against their abusers. The firm has assisted many women since the inception of its Domestic Violence Restraining Order (“DVRO”) Program in December 2015.  UKS shareholder Richard S. Order chairs the firm’s pro bono committee and developed and oversees the DVRO Program.  Attorney ...

On November 20, 2019, UKS attorney Donald R. Seifel was a featured speaker at a seminar hosted by the XPX Hartford entitled “The Deal Closed So What’s Next? - Owner Considerations After the Transaction.” Attorney Seifel spoke on pre-exit estate planning as well as what options remain after a deal is closed. Mr. Seifel is a shareholder with  the firm’s Hartford office.  Attorney Seifel has extensive experience in all aspects of federal and state individual income, estate and gift tax planning as ...

UKS Attorneys, John J. Alissi, Thomas A. Gugliotti, Richard M. Dighello,  Kevin J. McEleney, Daniel P. Ryan and Jeffrey Renaud recently attended the 106th Annual Dinner of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce at Central Connecticut State University.  UKS was a Patron Sponsor of the event which honored businesses and individuals making a real difference in the Greater New Britain community.  Attorney Dighello also serves as Vice-Chair of the Chamber. ...

On November 13, 2019, Attorneys Evan S. Goldstein and Jason T. Martinez attended the annual “Judges of Color” reception, at the New Haven Lawn Club.  Evan and Jason networked with Connecticut legal professionals, engaged local law students, and listened as an esteemed panel of Federal and State court judges shared their experiences on the bench and highlighted the importance of diversity in the practice of law. Evan S. Goldstein is a shareholder in the Firm’s Hartford office and is a member of ...