Entries by Dave Rhea

Employer Alert: OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard is Imminent

By Angela M. Buchanan Last June, OSHA adopted an emergency temporary standard (“ETS”)—29 C.F.R. Part 1910, Subpart U, 86 Fed. Reg. 32376 (June 21, 2021)—that set forth numerous requirements for healthcare employers aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19. On September 9, 2021, as part of his COVID Action Plan, President Biden directed OSHA to issue a […]

Phillips Murrah shares personal stories about tribal memberships

Phillips Murrah celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day in recognition of the contributions of the Indigenous communities that have lived in the United States for thousands of years. To commemorate the occasion, Phillips Murrah is supporting Oklahoma Indian Legal Services as its Pay It Forward beneficiary for the month of October. In addition, the Diversity, Equity, and […]

FinCEN crackdown on shell companies to begin in January

By Laurie L. Schweinle On Jan. 1, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which included the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). CTA is a new provision intended to eliminate the use of shell companies commonly employed by criminal enterprises to launder money, finance terrorism, and otherwise engage in criminal acts. Effective […]

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits Oklahoma Indian Legal Services in October

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]

Continuation of Pandemic-Related Remote Work as an ADA Accommodation: Lessons from the EEOC’s First Lawsuit

By Janet Hendrick Employers can glean valuable takeaways from the EEOC’s recent lawsuit against a facility management company, the EEOC’s first case alleging disability discrimination for an employer’s refusal to allow an employee to continue to work from home following pandemic-related remote work.  On September 7, 2021, the EEOC filed suit in federal court in […]

Phillips Murrah participates in 2021 Midsize Mansfield Rule certification

Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce our participation in Diversity Lab’s Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process. During the 18-month certification period, more than 70 participating firms across the nation will track activities that demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Phillips Murrah is the only Oklahoma-based firm participating in the 2021 Midsize Mansfield […]

Biden orders private companies and healthcare institutions to mandate employee vaccines

By Lauren Barghols Hanna Yesterday afternoon, President Biden announced a series of executive actions and new federal rules to increase the number of vaccinated American workers. Noting that COVID-19 has killed more than 650,000 in the last 18 months, President Biden announced several expected executive orders and a forthcoming emergency OSHA rule. The expected rule […]

Notice to Oklahoma landlords: The door to residential evictions is now open

By Ashley M. Schovanec For the past seventeen months, many Oklahoma landlords were prevented from evicting tenants for the nonpayment of rent due to various federal eviction moratoriums. Thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the latest eviction moratorium has now been declared unlawful and landlords are free to move forward with […]

Q&A: Understanding divorce from start to finish

By Molly E. Tipton Q: My spouse and I want to get a divorce, does it matter who files first? There is no hypothetical race to the court house in order to be the first spouse to file in a divorce proceeding. The filing party is referred to as the “Petitioner” and the responding party […]

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits OKC Beautiful in September

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]

Michael D. Carter to receive 2021 DRI Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award

Michael D. Carter of Phillips Murrah P.C. has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award. DRI is the leading organization of civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Each year, the award is presented to a current or immediate past DRI state representative who has […]

As Dallas businesses scramble to comply with murky mask mandate, Governor files court challenge

By Janet A. Hendrick On the heels of Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker’s August 10, 2021 temporary restraining order nullifying Governor Abbott’s July 2021 prohibition on mask mandates within Dallas County, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an order mandating masks for many Dallas employers effective August 12, 2021.  In addition to requiring universal indoor […]

Texas Small Businesses Beware: New Laws Expand Liability for Sexual Harassment Claims

By Janet A. Hendrick and Laurel L. Baker September 1, 2021 marks the beginning of a new era for sexual harassment claims against employers in Texas. Texas is notorious for protecting its pro-employer policies, but recent legislation goes against the grain to make all businesses, regardless of size, subject to liability for sexual harassment claims. […]

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits Bethesda Inc. in August

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]

Phillips Murrah Dallas Office Gets New Location

DALLAS – To accommodate growth, the law firm of Phillips Murrah P.C. is proud to announce we have relocated our Dallas office. We remain in the Regency building, at 3710 Rawlins Street, and the firm’s Dallas-based attorneys now occupy Suite 900. “We are excited about this move because it’s a direct result of our growth […]

OSHA issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for healthcare employers

On June 10, OSHA issued its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding mandatory safety standards for COVID-19 for healthcare employers, which outlines what healthcare employers must do to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19. OSHA also issued voluntary guidelines for employers outside of the healthcare sector.

E-Discovery in a Post-COVID World

When it comes to e-discovery, savvy litigants and litigators who take the time to proactively tweak their practices now will be well-positioned for effective advocacy (and intact litigation budgets) in a post-COVID world.

Attorney Cassity Gies featured as family law columnist in The Journal Record

Phillips Murrah family law attorney Cassity B. Gies is featured in the June 3 edition of the Journal Record. In the Gavel to Gavel guest column, Cassity writes about the possibility of custody issues in family court as related Oklahoma medical marijuana license holders. “Our family law practice handles medicinal marijuana issues on a weekly […]

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits Arts Council Oklahoma City in June

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]

Oklahoma medical marijuana license holders could face custody issues

By Cassity B. Gies On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cultivation, use, and possession of medical marijuana. Almost three years after passing with 57% of voter support, our state struggles to manage the competing interests surrounding a legal concept colored with controversial opinions, long standing prejudices, and discriminatory undertones that […]

UPDATE: U.S. Dept. of Labor withdraws independent contractor rule

The U.S. Dept. Labor is withdrawing its new rule regarding classification of workers as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) on May 6. According to DOL, the rule was “inconsistent with the FLSA’s text and purpose, and would have a confusing and disruptive effect on workers and businesses alike due to its departure from longstanding precedent.”

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits Partners in Public Health in May

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]

Employer tax considerations for remote work

By Jessica N. Cory Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a number of changes for employers, from navigating the PPP loan process to implementing new sick and family leave policies.  One major change has been a massive experiment in telecommuting, with the number of American workers working at least part-time from home […]

Department of Labor announces return of liquidated damages for wage and hour claims

By: Janet Hendrick and Phoebe Mitchell On April 9, 2021, in Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) No. 2021-2, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced it would return to its former policy of seeking liquidated damages from employers in pre-litigation investigations and settlements of wage and hour claims. This revived policy simultaneously […]

Phillips Murrah Paying it Forward campaign benefits CASA of Oklahoma County in April

Phillips Murrah Presents: Paying It Forward Amplifying the message of one non-profit each month for a year [Paying It Forward] In Dec. 2020, Phillips Murrah partnered with Oklahoma NPR radio station KGOU to sponsor broadcast announcements each month that shine a light on a selected non-profit organization. Our aim is to amplify each beneficiary organizations’ […]