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Employers in Oklahoma are certain to encounter applicants with criminal records due to the state’s history of strict crime policies. Michael W. Bowling, a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, discusses why employers should consider how they… Continue reading Should Oklahoma Employers Hire Felons?
State and federal law prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Tanya S. Bryant discusses the policies businesses should provide to accommodate pregnant employees and ensure compliance with various laws that may impact… Continue reading Pregnancy Policies Protect Employers, Employees
The deadline for selecting healthcare coverage is approaching. Kevin D. Gordon, a member of the firm's Healthcare and Insurance Practice Groups, discusses the insurance policies available during the open enrollment period and the legal limitations that could arise in such a highly regulated industry. Continue reading Time is Now to Make 2020 Health Insurance Selections
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army recently released a final rule repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Erin Potter Sullenger explains the primary reasons for the repeal… Continue reading Gavel to Gavel: Clean Water Rule Repeal Impacts WOTUS
Coming into effect on November 1, 2019, the revised Self Defense Act will allow an Oklahoma resident to carry a firearm without a permit. Labor & Employment Practice Group Member Michael W. Bowling discusses what business owners should consider regarding… Continue reading Business Owners Can Restrict Weapons Under New Gun Law
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a new final rule that raises the pay threshold for exempt employees. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Mary P. Snyder explains the steps employers should take before and after the rule takes… Continue reading Labor Department Issues New Overtime Rule
Many unanswered questions remain regarding zoning and land use laws relating to medical marijuana. Real Estate Practice Group Co-chair Michael S. Laird discusses the impact of conflicting state and local interests on zoning regulations in Oklahoma. Continue reading Gavel to Gavel: Zoning and Marijuana
Real Estate Practice Group member Kari Hoffhines provides clarity on the necessary qualifications needed to participate in the Opportunity Zone program and explains the tax benefits available to opportunity zone investors. Continue reading Opportunity Zones Offer Opportunity for Some
Onboarding procedures can vary by company based on the individual employer's preferences. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Melissa McDuffey discusses practical tips for employers when tracking and recording new employee information. Continue reading Onboarding New Employees Important from the Start
Criminal Defense, Compliance & Investigations Practice Group member Anthony Hendricks discusses the importance of being proactive when forming data breach response plans and explains the steps businesses can take to protect themselves against external and internal threats. Continue reading Data Breach Protocols are Important and Should be Practiced