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As businesses prepare return-to-work plans, one of the most pressing issues facing employers regarding workplace safety is whether or not to test employees for COVID-19. Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-Chair Adam W. Childers discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recently… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—April 30, 2020
Many businesses in Oklahoma are scheduled to reopen on May 1 with little guarantee that consumers will feel comfortable interacting with the general public. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Mary P. Snyder discusses the challenges employers face to ensure… Continue reading COVID-19: Employer Obligations to Customers and Employees
As U.S. employers begin plans to return employees to the workforce, the number one question on the minds of management and human resources professionals has been – how do we make sure the return of employees does not cause further… Continue reading EEOC Gives Green Light to Employers to Conduct COVID-19 Employee Testing
As states and localities start relaxing stay at home orders, many employers are wondering if it is time to have employees return to business as usual. While the local, state and federal agencies involved in the pandemic response are not… Continue reading Is it Time for Your Employees to Return to Business as Usual? Government Authorities Agree Not Quite Yet.
Government closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have created uncertainty for contracting parties in a legal system governed by precedent. Litigation & Trial Practice Group members Timila S. Rother and Paige A. Masters discuss how Force Majeure provisions and impracticability defenses… Continue reading Obscure Contractual and Legal Defenses Emerge
Labor & Employment Practice Group member Tanya S. Bryant explains the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) newest interim guidance pertaining to critical infrastructure workers. In an effort to keep essential businesses open, workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 may now… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—April 23, 2020
As new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed each day, and elective medical procedures are scheduled to resume in Oklahoma on April 24, physicians and healthcare facilities will be faced with difficult decisions regarding patient care. Such decisions will require providers… Continue reading Tort Immunity Extended for Oklahoma Healthcare Providers
On April 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Frequently Asked Questions page to explain when an employer can mandate that an employee must use his or her existing paid leave under the employer’s policies, and when it… Continue reading U.S. DOL Issues New Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave and When Employees Must Use Existing Leave Policy
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently altered its guidelines to allow employers to take employees’ temperatures—previously considered unlawful. Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-chair Adam W. Childers discusses the best practices for employers regarding employee health and safety under the… Continue reading COVID-19: Balancing Employee Safety and Privacy
For the third time, the U.S. Supreme Court will analyze the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act having decided to expedite the review process during its February private conference. Healthcare Practice Group member Kevin D. Gordon discusses the implications that… Continue reading Supreme Court to Review ACA for Third Time