Posts by Josh Cline

Court sets aside portions of Oklahoma’s new workers’ comp law

It has been just over two years since Oklahoma’s completely overhauled workers’ compensation system went into effect. Since then, various provisions have come under attack by employees. Shortly after the effective date, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined that the Oklahoma Legislature had the power to enact the new law, but explained it would also determine…

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Papa John's franchise

Pizza franchisee jailed for wage violations

When employees file lawsuits claiming unpaid overtime wages, they can bring in their co-workers, leading to lawsuits which are both costly to defend and to settle. Further, reports by employees can lead to disruptive investigations by the Department of Labor. But one Papa John’s franchisee in New York has found that the stakes can be even higher—he was sentenced to 60 days in jail in addition to paying $230,000 in restitution to his employees.

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Asking about religion accommodations

An employer’s obligation to raise the issue of potential accommodations for religious discrimination under Title VII will soon receive clarification, as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear E.E.O.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. this term. The case arises from a hiring decision made at the Abercrombie Kids store in Woodland Hills Mall…

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