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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Legislature clarifies ‘misconduct’ definition for denial of unemployment claims
For the second time in two years, the Oklahoma Legislature has passed reform related to the definition of “misconduct” as defined in the Employment Security Act. The reform provides clarification to employers as to which employee actions may constitute misconduct so that the employee is not entitled to unemployment benefits.
In the words of noted American statesman Benjamin Franklin, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Given Franklin’s thoughts, yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., probably would have come as no surprise. In that case, the court […]
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Administration issues new game‑changing health care reform regulations
Yesterday, the Treasury Department issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called employer mandate, under which certain employers have to either (a) offer affordable, minimum-value health coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, or (b) pay certain penalties.
Effective November 1, 2013, two Oklahoma statutes governing how an employer addresses tobacco use in its workplace or by its employees will be revised. Under the new 21 Okla. Stat. § 1247, lighted tobacco products in any form are prohibited in indoor workplaces. With a few exceptions, this prohibition includes work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, […]
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Tenth Circuit to employees: Onus on you to speak up about religious accommodation
Yesterday, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that put employees on notice that the Tenth Circuit expects employees to speak up for their rights regarding religious accommodation.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a written notice to current employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Exchange Notice”) by October 1, 2013, and for those hired on or after October 1, within 14 days of the employee’s date of hire. Employers have […]