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The Department of Health and Human Services and several other governmental agencies have expanded the types of technologies allowed for the delivery of telehealth services in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. Healthcare Practice Group Chair Karen S.… Continue reading Gavel to Gavel: Telehealth Expanded in Battle Against COVID-19
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that their guidance on pandemic preparedness specifically applies to COVID-19, potentially allowing employers to measure the body temperatures of employees. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Mary P. Snyder examines the laws and… Continue reading Coronavirus in Oklahoma: During Pandemic, Taking Workers’ Temperatures May Be OK
Employers are facing difficult decisions with regard to managing their employees as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael W. Bowling, a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, discusses the importance for business owners to stay current… Continue reading OKC Mayor Urges Private Sector to Act
Constant evaluation of intellectual property strategy is an important step for growing businesses wishing to avoid long-term negative consequences. Intellectual Property Practice Group member Terry L. Watt discusses how trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents fit in balancing a company’s… Continue reading Business Viewpoint: Prioritizing Intellectual Property Protection in Growing Companies
The requirement that an Oklahoma resident obtain a permit in order to carry a firearm was removed last year when Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2597 into law as an amendment to the Self Defense Act. Labor & Employment… Continue reading New Constitutional Carry Law Presses Employers to Review Policies, Implement Training
Freedom of speech is protected by both the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions, however, they do not regulate the actions of private employers. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Michael W. Bowling examines policies regarding political speech and what employers should… Continue reading Private OK Employers Can Ban Political Conversations in the Workplace
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued recommendations to minimize the risk of spreading disease, such as the coronavirus, in the workplace. Allen L. Hutson, a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, discusses leave policies… Continue reading I Own a Business, How do I Protect it from Coronavirus?
Oklahoma employers are free to establish policies promoting smoke-free environments as long as they don’t violate the state’s non-discrimination laws against smokers. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Tanya S. Bryant discusses how employers should properly manage their workplace tobacco… Continue reading Oklahoma Law Limits Smoking but Protects Employees Who Smoke
In the age of the #MeToo movement a comprehensive anti-harassment policy can serve as the basis for fostering a culture of prevention. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Michael W. Bowling explains how employers can effectively communicate and measure the… Continue reading Anti-Harassment Efforts Start with Well-Written Policies
The authority for professional licensure boards to create, process and regulate licensing requirements is defined by the Oklahoma Legislature. Aimee Majoue, a member of the firm’s Administrative & Regulatory Practice Group, discusses the extent of state licensure boards’ authority and… Continue reading Professional Licensure Boards Regulate Many Oklahoma Industries