14 Top HR Resolutions for 2014

By | December 18th, 2013 | News » Leave a comment

Last week, attorney Christine Cave joined with other Human Resource Professionals in Oklahoma City to discuss the top 14 Human Resource priorities/resolutions for 2014. The presentation was made to nonprofits in Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. The resolutions reflected the collective judgment of the team and included: 1. Learn to use the internet […]

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 […]

Employees of Oklahoma Public Entities Barred from Suing for Disability Discrimination

By | October 18th, 2012 | General » Leave a comment

Judy Elwell was fired from the University of Oklahoma, where she had been an office worker. Prior to her termination, she had begun suffering from degenerative spinal disc condition. She claims that she sought but was denied an accommodation from her employer and was thereafter fired for her disability. Ms. Elwell sued OU in federal […]

Oklahoma Mock Trial Program Highlighted

By | November 3rd, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

Attorney Christine Cave presents today to the current Leadership class of the Oklahoma Bar Association on the Oklahoma Mock Trial Program. Ms. Cave has served on the Mock Trial Committee since 2003 in many roles, including that of Chairperson and Chair of Case Development . The high school mock trial program is a wonderful opportunity […]

Door Closes on Big Damage Awards Against Small Oklahoma Employers

By | November 2nd, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

As of yesterday, all employers in Oklahoma, but especially small ones, breathed a collective sigh of relief. For the last two years, employers of all sizes have faced almost unlimited liability for employee discrimination claims under a public policy tort theory. In November 2009, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held in the case of Smith v. […]

Moderator and Planner–Christine Cave–Presents Recent Changes of Employer Liability

By | October 20th, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

This Friday, October 21, Christine Cave will be in Tulsa as the program planner and moderator of “Some Doors Close While Others are Pushed Open: Recent Changes in the Creation of Employer Liability.” It is a course provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association to further legal education and for which lawyers can received Continuing Legal […]

Time for Oklahoma Employers to Update Their Drug Testing Policies!

By | October 18th, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

Oklahoma’s law governing drug testing of employees — long thought to be one of the most restrictive in the nation — changes effective November 1. The new law relaxes some of the stringent policy and testing requirements and eliminates the stiff criminal penalties associated with the current version of the law. Among the changes is […]

Oklahoma Recognizes New Theory for Individual Supervisor Liability

By | October 19th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

In a decision by the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, the court applied the theory of Intentional Interference with a Contract to a supervisor allegedly interfering with an employee’s at-will employment for their mutual employer. In Fulton v. People Lease Corp., 2010 OK CIV APP 84, the Plaintiff complained that she had been sexually harassed by […]

Oklahoma Closes Loophole and Makes it Easier to Sue for Pregnancy Discrimination

By | June 21st, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

Earlier this legislative session, Governor Brad Henry signed a law closing a legal loophole for women who are victims of pregnancy discrimination. Under federal law, pregnancy discrimination is prohibited, but the federal law protects only employees who work for companies with 15 or more employees. Although other forms of discrimination are not prohibited under state […]

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 […]

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