Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor -

The year 2014 marks Spilman Thomas & Battle's 150th anniversary. While we pause to reflect on our first 150 years, we are also looking forward to how we will create our next 150 years. In keeping with that spirit, we have learned that the only way to control what comes Next is to create it. Our purpose is to help you manage your human resources to achieve your goals in the next year and the next coming years. We are excited to announce 2014 dates for four seminar locations:

Pittsburgh, Pa. - May 5

Charleston, W.Va. - June 27

Roanoke, Va. - September 18

Winston-Salem, N.C. - September 19

We are busy crafting the agenda for these SuperVision seminars and what we hope will be an exciting list of speakers. We will share that information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, please take a moment to "save the date" for the seminar most convenient for you.

The first quarter of the year generally brings statutory changes at the state law level as the legislatures for the states in our region convene. One of those proposed changes in the state of West Virginia could eviscerate the workers' compensation reforms that began in the state in 2003. Our workers' compensation team of Karen Weingart and Dill Battle (Charleston) explore the proposed changes in an article in this edition. We'll keep monitoring bills in all of our states and keep you apprised of any major developments.

In addition, we have an article from Pete Rich in our Pittsburgh office examining the repercussions of a recent decision on wage and hour law from the Supreme Court of the United States. Lindsay Griffin Smith in Charleston takes a look at the Obama administration's most recent tweaks (and delays) to the Affordable Care Act. Larissa Dean, Morgantown, examines the latest developments in immigration policy. Gordon Mowen in Charleston offers a warning to employers on handling disability issues in light of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.

We hope you enjoy this edition and wish you the best in 2014.

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