On June 26th, Oklahoma voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana by a 57% majority. The law, which is set to go into effect in late July, presents an all-new challenge in the workplace: balancing the rights of employees who possess a valid medical marijuana license with the needs of employers to maintain a safe, drug-free environment.Read More
Employees today are more likely than ever to change jobs in search of better opportunities. Oftentimes, that change entails going to work for another business in the same industry; sometimes, it means starting a competing business. Courtney Bru Jake Crawford Charlie Plumb While Oklahoma has one of the strictest anti-non-compete laws in the nation, state…Read More
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…Read More
Numerous high-profile sexual harassment and misconduct scandals have dominated the headlines in the last year. The viral growth and game-changing impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has reached beyond prominent public figures and into everyday workplaces. This presentation explores the very real challenges associated with responding to sexual harassment claims in two important but…Read More
. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:30am to 3:45pm National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma . Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:30am to 3:45pm Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center Tulsa, Oklahoma. . From the #MeToo movement and federal tax reform to dramatic shifts in policy under the Trump administration, many of the trending…Read More
John A. Papahronis James C. Prince If you are a governmental or tax-exempt employer that sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan, there are important developments that require your attention. For many years, the IRS offered little guidance to employers as to the specific plan document requirements applicable to 403(b) plans. However, recently the IRS has approved…Read More
Brandon P. Long Judy Burdg Melissa J. Cottle Within the past year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have issued new guidance impacting 401(k) retirement plans. At the same time, new lawsuits have been filed against plan fiduciaries. The list of rules that plan administrators must keep track of is longer…Read More
The Trump administration’s efforts to aggressively enforce the nation’s immigration laws now include increased investigations and audits to identify undocumented workers in America’s workplaces. Federal agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have ramped-up their hiring of field office and enforcement personnel to ensure U.S. employers are complying with employment verification and eligibility requirements.Read More
Roberta Fields . Charlie Plumb In a culture that has become increasingly divisive on a number of fronts – including matters of race, religion, politics, ethnicity and gender, just to name a few – what can employers do to ensure that such tensions don’t permeate the workplace? Better yet, what can employers do to create…Read More
The times they are a-changin’.
The transition of power from one administration to another means changes in leadership at the nation’s top federal employment agencies, changes in budgets and direction, and changes in enforcement priorities. While businesses are encouraged at the prospect of a decidedly pro-employer agenda, it remains to be seen how the overall landscape of the American workplace will change … as well as how quickly.