Archive for January, 2010

Christine Cave to Serve as Treasurer of Labor and Employment Section

By | January 18th, 2010 | News » Leave a comment

Beginning in January 2010, Christine Cave, Esq., SPHR, will serve a one-year term as the Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. In 2009, Ms. Cave served as the Secretary for the Section. The Labor and Employment Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association is the division of the OBA for […]

Department of Labor Issues New Model COBRA Notices

By | January 18th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

On January 13, 2010, the Department of Labor issued new model COBRA noticies to help employers and plan administrators comply with the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, which extended the 65% COBRA subsidy originally enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The model notices may be found on the […]

EEOC Announces Record High Job Bias Claims Based on Disability, Religion, and National Origin

By | January 8th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

During the 2009 fiscal year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 93,277 workplace discrimination charges, the second highest ever. The greatest increase in claims were those based on disability, although claims of job bias based on religion and/or national original also hit record highs. Consistent with a decade-long trend, the most frequently filed charges […]

Law Enforcement Exception to the ADEA Shields Oklahoma Municipalities From Liability

By | January 8th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

Earlier this week, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals had the opportunity to apply a limited exception to the general rule in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applicable to law enforcement personnel. In Kannady v. City of Kiowa, a police officer had applied for employment with two cities’ police force and been turned down […]

No State-Law Remedy for Termination in Retaliation for Wage & Hour Complaint

By | January 3rd, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

As Oklahoma employers are no doubt aware, during the past 12 months, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has expanded the once-narrow rule permitting employees to sue their employers in tort for certain employment-related claims. On December 15, 2009, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to continue this expansion into the wage and hour arena. The Northern District […]

Christine Cave to be guest speaker at Don’t Just Survive – Thrive!

By | January 3rd, 2010 | News » Leave a comment

On Wednesday, January 6, Christine Cave will be a guest speaker at a training hosted by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits entitled, Don’t Just Survive – Thrive! Ms. Cave will faciliate the topic of Human Resources in the seminar, which is aimed at helping non-profit organizations build solid business practices. For more information about the […]

COBRA Subsidies Extended

By | January 3rd, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

On December 21, 2009, President Obama signed legislation that extends the COBRA premium subsidy that was originally established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”). Recall that under ARRA, employees that were involuntarily terminated and lost group coverage before December 31, 2009, were eligile to receive premium subsidies. Under the new legislation, […]

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