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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
For the sixth time in the last eight years, Benchmark Litigation has recognized Oklahoma City-based Crowe & Dunlevy as Oklahoma Firm of the Year for 2020. Only one firm per state receives this honor each year. Continue reading Benchmark Litigation Names Crowe & Dunlevy “Firm of the Year”
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
In light of the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus that is now called “COVID-19,” many employers are wondering what steps they can/should take to keep their workforce safe. While encouraging employees to work from home if feeling sick, and… Continue reading What Employers Should Know About Workplace Safety Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak
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
Melanie Wilson Rughani, co-chair of the firm's Appellate and Initiative Petitions Practice Groups, was recently named to The Journal Record's Achievers Under 40 class for 2020. Continue reading Melanie Wilson Rughani Named to Achievers Under 40 Class