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Employers with more than five employees in the city of Dallas need to be ready to implement the paid sick leave rules that will go into effect on August 1, 2019, if not postponed by the city or enjoined by… Continue reading Dallas Implements Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
Employers had a brief sigh of relief when the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued the Southon v. Oklahoma Tire Recyclers, LLCdecision on May 21, 2019. In Southon, the court held that the Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”) retained exclusive jurisdiction over workers’ compensation… Continue reading HB 2367 Update: Workers Comp Retaliatory Discharge Claims Now Subject to District Courts
Ever since Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation statute underwent a major overhaul in February 2014 and changed from a court-based system to an administrative commission-based system, the question of how workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge claims would be handled has been a moving… Continue reading Oklahoma Employers Win on Who Administers Retaliation Claims…For Now
Private employers that have more than 100 employees are subject to yearly EEO-1 reporting. [Note: There are other less common instances in which an employer may be covered by EEO-1 reporting requirements that are not discussed in this advisory. If… Continue reading EEO-1 Reporting: The Lingering Effects of the Obama Administration
The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a bill to give cannabis-related businesses access to banking and other financial services. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Banking Act, was passed out of the House Financial Services Committee… Continue reading House of Representatives to Consider Cannabis Banking Bill
Last week we sent you an advisory about the Unity Bill becoming law after House Bill 2612 was signed by Governor Stitt on March 14. This new law provides additional regulatory controls over the medical marijuana industry, and most notably for Oklahoma employers, it contains an exception for positions with safety-sensitive job duties. Continue reading When Do the “Safety-Sensitive” Changes to Medical Marijuana Take Effect? Well, it Depends.
Employers with workers in safety-sensitive positions may rest easier with the passage of the Unity Bill relating to medical marijuana, which was signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Stitt on March 14, 2019. Continue reading New Law Provides Needed Clarity for Employers Regarding Medical Marijuana and Safety-Sensitive Positions
On February 27, 2019, Governor Stitt signed into law a bill that will permit persons 21 and older to carry a firearm without a license, subject to the certain requirements, effective November 1, 2019. In light of this new development,… Continue reading Firearms on Hospital Property
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its proposal to boost the minimum salary level for exempt employees to $679 per week or the equivalent of $35,308 per year. Continue reading U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a New Standard Salary Level
The time is now to start the process for filing new H-1B applications for workers who you hope to move to H-1B status. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B quota-subject filings on April 1, 2019, so employers should start preparing these petitions right away. Continue reading Time to Prepare for the H-1B Visa Registration