About Charlie Plumb
Charlie Plumb is a labor and employment attorney with the McAfee & Taft law firm. He represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.
As part of his labor practice, Charlie represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.
Charlie is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. He is also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers.
Charlie is a frequent speaker and author on workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers.
Charlie’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (labor and employment law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (employment and labor, civil litigation defense), Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been lauded as “an impressive public speaker who utilizes his vast experience to effectively defend clients.” Researchers at Chambers & Partners also quoted market observers as admiring him for his “practicality of advice and specialized knowledge of complex legal issues,” with sources commenting that he “immediately commands respect, is always up to date and knows how to handle a problem.”
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Federal agency proposes clearinghouse for commercial driver drug test results
Employers who hire commercial drivers may not know if an applicant under consideration has a past history of positive drug or alcohol tests. Currently, the employer can only rely on information about earlier test results that is volunteered by the individual applying for the driving job. If a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation […]
There are a lot of good reasons for employers to want to eliminate workplace confrontations. Disputes among employees affect productivity, make for an unhappy and unprofessional work environment, and can escalate to more serious acts. As long as employers employ people, workplace arguments will periodically erupt. However, not all of them may be a violation […]
A little-noticed change to retaliation claims just went into effect. Beginning February 1, 2014, Oklahoma employers face greater exposure to claims of workers’ compensation retaliation.
For some time, the NCAA, academic institutions and students have been debating how college athletes should be treated in terms of compensation, benefits and having a voice in college athletic decisions. Leave it to Northwestern University brainiacs to take the issue head-on and in an imaginative fashion.
About a year ago, a group of private citizens paid for a seven-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments and gained approval for it to be placed on the north end of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds. Not surprisingly, a Satanic group then asked Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for permission to erect a seven-foot-tall “homage” to […]
You may have an entirely lawful and appropriate drug and alcohol testing program for your employees. However, inconsistent or discriminatory application of the testing policy can get an employer into trouble. That’s what happened with Ottenberg’s Bakers. The bakery’s testing policy Ottenberg’s Bakers had in place a drug and alcohol testing policy that included post-accident testing. […]
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) prohibits sex-based discrimination in pay and benefits. Employers should not pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for substantially equal work. “Substantially equal” work does not mean identical work. It means substantially equal in terms of required skills, effort and responsibilities.