SCOTUS rules against Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa religious discrimination case

SCOTUS rules against Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa religious discrimination case

| June 2, 2015 | Articles

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. in a religious discrimination lawsuit involving a Muslim job applicant at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, store. In some ways, the Supreme Court’s decision may have the unintended result of causing some employers to ask […]

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Why background checks  are fueling the latest wave of class actions

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Why background checks are fueling the latest wave of class actions

| May 28, 2015 | Articles

Many employers have third-party services run background checks on applicants, new hires, or existing employees. Many of these employers utilize these services to minimize the risk of claims of negligent hiring or discrimination. Even if a reputable service is used, there are challenges and significant legal risks involving the failure to comply with the federal […]

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Courts continue to back employers  with strong timekeeping policies, practices

Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices

| May 13, 2015 | Articles

One of the most difficult issues facing employers is off-the-clock work. Employers may find themselves having to pay for this time even if they do not authorize it. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations state that the reason for the unauthorized work is “immaterial.” 29 C.F.R. § 785.111. “If the employer knows or has reason […]

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McAfee & Taft announces launch of online video training service

McAfee & Taft announces launch of online video training service

| May 12, 2015 | News & Comment

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, has announced the launch of an online video training service, the JurisIQ Learning Center. Attorney Paul Ross, leader of McAfee & Taft’s Labor and Employment Group, first made the announcement during the firm’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminars in Tulsa on April 28 and Oklahoma City […]

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Timing of termination creates question of fact in association discrimination case

Timing of termination creates question of fact in association discrimination case

| May 4, 2015 | Articles

In employment law, including association discrimination cases, timing is everything. When Terry Booker was fired from his job of 22 years at Delfasco, a manufacturing facility in Greene County, Tennessee, in March 2012, he filed suit for “association discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a retaliation claim under the Family and Medical […]

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Annual seminar offers employers real-world examples of costly, common mistakes

Annual seminar offers employers real-world examples of costly, common mistakes

Hundreds of business owners, executives, human resources professionals and benefits managers attended EmployerLINC15, McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa on April 28 and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on April 30, 2015.

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EEOC clarifies rules for wellness programs

EEOC clarifies rules for wellness programs

| April 21, 2015 | Articles

Wellness programs in the workplace Increasingly, employers are putting in place wellness programs aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing disease among the workforce. Often they are offered in conjunction with company-sponsored health insurance plans. According to the benefits consulting firm Towers Watson, more than one-third of all employers charge a penalty to employees who […]

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