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The McGirt v. Oklahoma decision from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month garnered worldwide media attention. Many know that the decision recognized the continued existence of the boundaries of the reservation of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation within the state of Oklahoma.… Continue reading McGirt v. Oklahoma: Q&A and What Happens Now?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the U.S. has seen more than 300 employer-based lawsuits related to COVID-19. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Madalene A.B. Witterholt provides a brief overview of lessons learned from two major lawsuits regarding employee COVID-19 protection at work. Continue reading What Can We Learn from Lawsuits Alleging Inadequate Protection Against Coronavirus?
In two separate opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court made favorable decisions of importance to faith-based institutions. The cases include Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey Berru and The Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul v. Pennsylvania. Both cases expand certain… Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Expands Rights of Faith-Based Employers in Two Landmark Decisions
As of today, July 1, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court still has not released a decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma or Sharp v. Murphy. The cases could be the most important in the history of Indian Territory as well as the state of Oklahoma. The… Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Yet to Decide Tribal Jurisdiction Cases
On June 28, 2020, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Chesapeake) and 40 affiliated companies (collectively, the Debtors) filed petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, seeking debt restructuring relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.… Continue reading Chesapeake Energy Files for Ch. 11 Relief: Creditors Need to Protect Their Rights, Claims and Interests
This week we’re taking a break from pandemic-related content to provide an in-depth overview of the recent monumental U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status. Labor & Employment attorney Tanya S. Bryant discusses: How the… Continue reading Weekly Recap for Employers—June 25, 2020
Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new FAQs regarding face coverings in the workplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Allen L. Hutson explains that the new guidance should prompt employers to implement a… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—June 19, 2020
In a landmark ruling issued Monday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a highly anticipated decision involving three different cases. Continue reading SCOTUS: Federal Law Protects LGBTQ Employees from Discrimination
Last week President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). Labor & Employment Practice Group member Evan Way shares changes regarding loan forgiveness, how employers can spend Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, updated deadlines and other important modifications since… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—June 11, 2020
It is an unfortunate truth that employers often face situations where someone outside of the workplace is directly harassing or has otherwise made threats of violence against an employee(s), or the employer’s management or owners. Whether it be a disgruntled… Continue reading Oklahoma Employers May Intercede on Behalf of Employees in Need of Protection