Roth: When power attacks science

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 10, 2017. When power attacks science What do Okemah, Oklahoma, today’s EPA and Galileo have in common? Life lessons about the resilience of science across the history of humankind, even when those in power […]

Roth: A gathering green trend for Oklahoma

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 3, 2017. A gathering green trend for Oklahoma For decades Oklahoma’s largest cities have focused more on infrastructure issues like roads, bridges and jails, at the expense of parks, sidewalks and trails. Nevertheless, the […]

The Wrong Claim – Defining boundaries to Burk tort actions

Complaints of wrongful termination by employees have been heard in courtrooms across the nation for as long as there has been a legal venue in which to bring and defend such claims. It can be argued that the nature of the employer-employee relationship has been evolving ever since. In Oklahoma, the employer-employee relationship is characterized […]

Department of Labor files overtime exemption brief with Fifth Circuit

In a brief filed with the Fifth Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals, USDOL seeks to preserve salary level in determining overtime exemption status.   On Friday, June 30, the United States Department of Labor filed a brief with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans seeking to preserve a minimum salary […]

USDOL Reinstates Wage & Hour Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that they will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters, which had been replaced in 2010 by issuance of USDOL general guidance. This action allows the USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division to use opinion letters as one of its methods for providing guidance to covered employers and employees. Opinion […]

Roth: Yellowstone grizzlies scratched from endangered list

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 26, 2017. Yellowstone grizzlies scratched from endangered list How many Yellowstone grizzly bears is enough? Well, it might appear that 700 is the number, based upon the Interior Department’s announcement this […]

Roth: Global decline of coal

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 19, 2017. Global decline of coal The global consumption numbers are in for 2016 and coal production and consumption hit a 35-year low in the United States and had an even […]

Roth: What happens in Vegas…

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 12, 2017. What happens in Vegas… It’s been said that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” yet Las Vegas and Nevada are making news that is worth talking about for […]

USDOL withdraws 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs announced the withdrawal of recent guidance regarding joint employment and independent contractors. OPA News Release: June 7, 2017 [link] WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance […]

U.S. House of Representatives passes Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1180, which states that private sector employees shall be given the option of receiving paid time off, known as compensatory time, in lieu of monetary compensation known as overtime pay. The Act, known as the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017,” amends the Fair Labor Standards […]

Roth: Syria, Nicaragua and Trump’s America

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 5, 2017. Syria, Nicaragua and Trump’s America You have probably heard by now that Donald Trump has announced his intentions to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris climate […]

The wrong approach

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 1, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney C. Eric Davis Oklahoma! Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain – and if some lawmakers have their way, it will be further taxed as it blows through. For the wind […]

Roth: The next generation utility here in Oklahoma

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 22, 2017. The next generation utility here in Oklahoma If you have ever played the board game Monopoly, you know that utility spaces are supposed to be safer landing places than […]

Oklahoma Department of Labor offers free, confidential safety consultations

Are you concerned about your company’s OSHA compliance? Do you have concerns for the safety of your employees? Safety consultants can be expensive, and during a time of tight financial resources, safety can take a back seat to other company priorities. However, in Oklahoma we have a cost-free option – the ODOL Safety Consultation program offered […]

Roth: Supply and demand for the Oklahoma energy future

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 15, 2017. Supply and demand for the Oklahoma energy future We Oklahomans are proud producers of products our country and the world needs. We help supply many of the demands of […]