Don’t Hand me no Lies and Keep Your Hands to Yourself

By | January 20th, 2014 | General » Leave a comment

A recent case from the Tenth Circuit will have this line from a popular Georgia Satellites tune running through your head. “Don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself . . . ” Sara Debord worked for Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas, as a nuclear-medicine technician. She was hired in 2004 and […]

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 […]

Insubordinate Employee Denied Relief under FMLA Theory

By | April 12th, 2012 | General » Leave a comment

Last week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case, Sabourin v. University of Utah, that addressed the sticky situations of making demands of an employee on FMLA leave and then firing the employee for failing to meet the demands. In this case, Mr. Sabourin requested FMLA leave after being selected for a reduction […]

Employer Avoids Liability for Termination of Employee on FMLA Leave

By | October 14th, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

In a recent case published by the Tenth Circuit, the Court of Appeals reviewed a Kansas company’s termination of an employee on FMLA leave. The employee applied for FMLA leave for a bunion surgery and supported her leave request with a doctor’s certification. The certification did not specify how long the employee would be unable […]

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 […]

Congress extends (again) the COBRA subsidy

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

Last week, Congress again extended the COBRA subsidy benefits originally established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The most recent extension extends the coverage period to May 2010, a two month extension, making employees involuntarily terminated on or before May 31, 2010, eligible for the subsidy. Legislation is currently pending to extend […]

COBRA Subsidy Extended Again

By | March 17th, 2010 | General » Leave a comment

Approximately two weeks ago, President Obama signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, thereby extending the 65% COBRA subsidy through March 31, 2010. The subsidy was originally provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or Stimulus Act), and extended through February 28, 2010, via the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. Although the Temporary […]

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 […]

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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