Law Alerts/Updates

DOL proposes dramatic changes to FLSA overtime rules

DOL proposes dramatic changes to FLSA overtime rules

| June 30, 2015 | Law Alerts/Updates

In March of 2014, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of labor to “update” and “modernize” the regulations under which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) manages the Fair Labor Standards Act. Particularly, the president called for updating the executive, administrative and professional exemptions (known to us as the “white collar” exemptions), because, according […]

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Supreme Court recognizes constitutional right to same‑sex marriage

Supreme Court recognizes constitutional right to same‑sex marriage

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion on the constitutionality of state laws banning or limiting the recognition of same-sex marriages. As we predicted here, the Court has, once and for all, resolved the split among appellate courts regarding the power of states to define, on their own, what “marriage” is.

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<small><em><small><u>LABOR LAW ALERT</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />NLRB ruling on ‘ambush’ elections  poses real threat to non-unionized workplaces

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NLRB ruling on ‘ambush’ elections poses real threat to non-unionized workplaces

| December 18, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

The National Labor Relations Board last week issued its new rule for union organization elections. The new rule makes several changes, most significantly shortening the time frame for conducting a union election, requiring the employer to provide employee email addresses and phone numbers to unions within two business days…

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<small><em><small><u>LABOR LAW ALERT</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />Labor Board ruling has far-reaching impact on employers and workplace policies

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Labor Board ruling has far-reaching impact on employers and workplace policies

| December 16, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board changed the rules on employee use of the employer’s email systems for labor organizing. The Labor Board’s new rule is that employee use of email for union-related communications on nonworking time must “presumptively” be permitted by employers who allow employees access to the employer’s email systems.

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<small><small><em><u>EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW ALERT</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />What the legalization of same‑sex marriage  means for Oklahoma employers

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What the legalization of same‑sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers

| October 10, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

On Monday, Oklahoma became one of five additional U.S. states required to allow same-sex couples to marry after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage. The other four states immediately affected by the decision were Indiana, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Six other states with similar […]

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<small><small><em><u>EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />Amended Executive Orders expand  employment discrimination prohibitions

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Amended Executive Orders expand employment discrimination prohibitions

| July 31, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

Since 1974 – just 10 years after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed – Congress has made repeated attempts to introduce and pass legislation that would have amended the landmark Act to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The latest bill to make its […]

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<small><small><em><u>HEALTH PLAN UPDATE</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />New action steps for employers and their health plans

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New action steps for employers and their health plans

| May 28, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules with amendments to the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The proposed amendments are intended to align the COBRA notice requirements with the Affordable Care Act…

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<small><small><em><u>OKLAHOMA LAW ALERT</u></em><font color=white> » </font></small></small> <br />Employers prohibited from requiring access to social media accounts

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Employers prohibited from requiring access to social media accounts

| May 22, 2014 | Law Alerts/Updates

Employers are increasingly vetting applicants or keeping tabs on current employees by monitoring their personal online social media accounts, such as Facebook. Part of this trend is that employers are requesting or requiring applicants and employees to turn over their user names and passwords for employers to gain complete access. Several states have started combatting […]

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