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Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion Initiative

In a recent ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a petition seeking a statewide vote on Medicaid expansion. Melanie Wilson Rughani, co-chair of the Initiative Petitions Practice Group, represented advocates of Medicaid expansion and urged the Supreme Court to allow the petition to move forward with gathering signatures for State Question 802 to appear on general election ballots in November 2020. Continue reading Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion Initiative

Me Too Movement Still Affecting Workplaces

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported an increase in sexual harassment claims filed in 2018, highlighting the lasting impression the Me Too movement has made on workplace conduct. Labor & Employment Practice Group member Allen L. Hutson discusses how the Me Too movement has changed the way employers handle workplace sexual harassment, and the steps employers should take to prevent and properly handle assault claims. Continue reading Me Too Movement Still Affecting Workplaces

HB 2367 Update: Workers Comp Retaliatory Discharge Claims Now Subject to District Courts

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