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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.
Faced with a lack of appropriations due to a congressional impasse on budget talks, both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor have announced agency shutdowns. The EEOC’s shutdown plan reduces the agency’s staff from 2,164 employees to 107 on-call employees, while the DOL’s contingency plan calls for their workforce to […]
Imagine this scenario: One of your employees announces he’s getting married in a few months and moving to another state. He’s a valuable software developer who works alone from his home most of the time anyway, so why not just let him telecommute from his new home 1,000 miles away? Not only will it allow […]
Q&A WITH PAUL ROSS »
EEOC alleges employers disproportionately used criminal checks against minorities
In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, McAfee & Taft employment lawyer Paul Ross said criminal background checks are legitimate tools employers can use, but when used improperly they can become illegal.
McAfee & Taft has made available, at no cost, videos of the presentations from its recent labor, employment and employee benefits seminar, EmployerLINC2013: Government Gone Wild. The seminar was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on April 23 and at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa on […]
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation eliminating the current court-based workers’ compensation system and replacing it with a system that gives employers three options: (1) participate in an administrative system for resolving occupational-injuries; (2) establish an employee benefit plan that offers the same benefits as the administrative system; or (3) set up an arbitration program.
The theme for EmployerLINC 2013, “Government Gone Wild,” seemed to resonate with employers based on the record number of people who signed up. More than 1,000 business owners, executives, human resources professionals and benefits managers registered for McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar this year, held in Oklahoma City on April 23 and in Tulsa on April 26, 2013.
The Department of Labor’s recent issuance of new interpretation that clarifies whether an employee is entitled to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for an adult child prompted The Oklahoman to speak with McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorney Kathy Neal for her insights into the issue.