Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

Medical Marijuana in the Oklahoma Workplace

Charlie Plumb Kirk Turner On June 26, 2018, Oklahomans will go to the polls to vote on whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the state. While State Question 788 addresses several key questions regarding the treatment of employees and job applicants who possess a valid medical marijuana license, many other questions remain as to…

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Appeals court continues narrow interpretation of Oklahoma’s non‑solicitation statute

Dealing with departing employees can be tricky. That’s why many companies require certain employees — particularly those with access to confidential or proprietary company information or customers — to sign written agreements that prohibit them from engaging in various acts of unfair competition after they leave the company. While Oklahoma law looks favorably on confidentiality…

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Best practices for Oklahoma employers when inquiring about criminal histories

You’ve probably at least heard of the so-called “Ban the Box” movement, a campaign aimed at convincing employers to remove any checkbox on applications designed to elicit information regarding an applicant’s criminal record. Many states, counties and cities have enacted “Ban the Box” legislation, but it’s certainly not the law in all jurisdictions. And the…

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Court sets aside portions of Oklahoma’s new workers’ comp law

It has been just over two years since Oklahoma’s completely overhauled workers’ compensation system went into effect. Since then, various provisions have come under attack by employees. Shortly after the effective date, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined that the Oklahoma Legislature had the power to enact the new law, but explained it would also determine…

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OKLAHOMA LAW ALERT » Employers prohibited from requiring access to social media accounts

Employers are increasingly vetting applicants or keeping tabs on current employees by monitoring their personal online social media accounts, such as Facebook. Part of this trend is that employers are requesting or requiring applicants and employees to turn over their user names and passwords for employers to gain complete access. Several states have started combatting…

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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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