Steven Smothers worked as a mechanic for Solvay Chemicals for 18 years until he was terminated, ostensibly for a first-time safety violation and a dispute with a co-worker. In his lawsuit, Smothers alleged the company’s true reason for terminating him was retaliation for taking FMLA leave and discrimination on the basis of his disability in violation of the ADA.
After passing constitutional scrutiny from the state’s highest court in late 2013, Oklahoma’s new workers’ compensation law is set to go into effect in early 2014. And while it’s too soon to tell exactly what impact the new administrative system and “Oklahoma option” will have on the bottom line for businesses, early projections look favorable for employers. Just how favorable may depend on which option you choose.
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New Oklahoma security law requires fingerprint-based background checks on certain healthcare employees
Beginning March 1, 2014, and phasing in over the next several months, a new Oklahoma law requires certain long-term care, residential, and health care providers to perform eligibility screening and national fingerprint-based background checks prior to employing individuals who will have direct access to patients and residents.
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.
About a year ago, a group of private citizens paid for a seven-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments and gained approval for it to be placed on the north end of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds. Not surprisingly, a Satanic group then asked Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for permission to erect a seven-foot-tall “homage” to […]
You may have an entirely lawful and appropriate drug and alcohol testing program for your employees. However, inconsistent or discriminatory application of the testing policy can get an employer into trouble. That’s what happened with Ottenberg’s Bakers. The bakery’s testing policy Ottenberg’s Bakers had in place a drug and alcohol testing policy that included post-accident testing. […]
After DOMA —
Understanding new laws, guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses in the workplace
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as being unconstitutional, the impact of the ruling quickly spread to the workplace. Certain benefits and protections that once were only extended to …