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LABOR RELATIONS » Unions in college football?

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.

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AGENCY INACTION » Federal government shutdown extends to EEOC, DOL

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…

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EMPLOYER RESOURCES » McAfee & Taft publishes video series from EmployerLINC2013 seminar

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…

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OKLAHOMA LAW ALERT » Governor signs legislation overhauling workers’ compensation system

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.

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EVENT NEWS » ‘Government Gone Wild’ seminar draws record numbers

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.

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