EEOC Focuses on Genetic Discrimination Cases

By | June 19th, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently been focusing on employers’ compliance with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) which prohibits the use of genetic information in health insurance to deny health coverage or charge higher premiums and in employment hiring, firing, and other decisions. In May 2013, EEOC successfully settled […]

DEADLINE TO BEGIN USE OF NEW EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY FORM I-9 IS MAY 7, 2013

By | May 6th, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

The deadline for employers to begin use of the new Form I-9 is on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. To avoid significant penalties, employers must begin using the new version of the Form for all new hires. You may contact Employers Legal Resource Center for further assistance at (405) 702-9797.

Pitfalls of Unpaid Internships: Why Employers Should Pay Interns.

By | April 26th, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

The history of internships began centuries ago when medical students were required to observe doctors at work in order to gain practical knowledge. Over the last few decades, internships have been used in almost all industries. Most often, interns are college students and are hired during the summer months. In the United States, only about […]

Tulsa Company Pays $82,500 to Settle Religious Discrimination Case

By | April 4th, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

A company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will pay $82,500 to settle a claim of religious discrimination. The Lincoln, Nebraska company, Voss Electric Co., had advertised a vacancy for an “operations supervisor” position at its Tulsa location. Edward Wolfe submitted an application for the position and was granted an interview. During the interview, the incumbent supervisor asked […]

Employers to Begin Using New I-9 Forms by May 7, 2013

By | March 21st, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently made changes to the I-9 form that employers are required to complete for every new hire. The new edition of the form, dated March 8, 2013, has been effective since its release. Employers may continue to use older acceptable versions until May 7, 2013, but must use the […]

Overtime Pay to Employee/Independent Contractor

By | January 21st, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

Classifying an individual as an employee or an independent contractor is important has a number of significant implications – it can impact the employer’s obligation to withhold and pay taxes, the individual’s eligibility for benefits, and whether the individual is entitled to the protections of the Fair Labor Standard Act with respect to payment of […]

New Forms Required by Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Effective January, 1st, 2013

By | January 2nd, 2013 | General » Leave a comment

Background checks can be an important and helpful tool in the employee selection process. However, employers should be conscious of some of the legal issues in both how the background check may be obtained and how it may be used. Employers who use a third party vendor to conduct background checks need to be aware […]

New Law Gives Employers Tax Credits for Hiring the Unemployed

By | March 27th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

President Obama signed a new law on March 19, 2010, which provides a tax credit for employers who hire one or more new employees after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011. To qualify for the credit, the new employee must not have been working 40 hours a week during the previous 60 days, […]

Employers Who Contract with State of Oklahoma Must Use E-Verify

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

Yesterday, February 2, 2010, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Oklahoma) removed the legal roadblock that was preventing enforcement of a provision of The Oklahoma TaxPayer and Citizen Protection Act that required companies that contract with the State of Oklahoma to use E-Verify to verify the work authorization of their employees. In 2007, […]

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 […]

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