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Employee or independent contractor? Department of Labor issues new proposed “Five-Factor Test”

By Phoebe B. Mitchell In the past several years, employers have struggled to determine whether some workers should be classified as employees or as independent contractors. The difference is significant, as employees are entitled to many benefits that independent contractors are not, including overtime for those not exempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act […]

Breaking News: IRS issues guidance on Trump’s payroll tax deferral order

[TAX LAW] IRS and Treasury guidance indicates that the Treasury intends to put the onus of Trump’s deffered tax repayment on the employer, with the employer potentially subject to interest, penalties, and additions to tax beginning on May 1, 2021, if the employer is unable to collect the accrued tax liability from its employees.

New York Federal Court invalidates department of labor FFCRA regulations creating potential nationwide ramifications

By Phoebe B. Mitchell On August 3, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated multiple Department of Labor (DOL) regulations interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Congress’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The FFCRA provides paid leave to employees unable to work during the coronavirus crisis. […]

What is the status of evictions and foreclosures in Oklahoma amidst the COVID 19 pandemic?

By Gretchen M. Latham In March 2020, the State Supreme Court entered an Order extending statutory deadlines, which included an extension of any answer deadline on pending civil cases. For foreclosure actions, that means many borrowers were given additional time to reply to a Petition in Foreclosure. However, even though the State Supreme Court subsequently […]

Blocks for Bucks continues with NBA Bubble Season Restart

It was here, then it was gone. Now, it’s back again! On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball season resumes in Orlando. FL. The Thunder are paired against the team we were supposed to play twenty weeks ago, when the season was abruptly, unceremoniously shut down due to the COVID-19 virus. With […]

ALERT: Supreme Court ruling impacts property and title rights across large portion of Oklahoma

The outcome of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling could have far-reaching implications for the State of Oklahoma and its citizens as it relates to property rights and land titles, taxation, and other matters involving tribal affairs.

Phillips Murrah PPE donation to OU Medicine follow-up

As part of Phillips Murrah’s efforts to assist in the Oklahoma City community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Firm once again partnered with NPR radio station KGOU. In addition to supporting KGOU’s ongoing work, Phillips Murrah raised $3000 for OU Medicine to assist in acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line medical workers, as […]

Affidavit of Support Implications in Divorce in Marriage-Based Immigration

By Cassity B. Gies &  Sajani “Ann” Zachariah This article originally appeared in the FEB 2020 Oklahoma Bar Journal. Being the spouse of a United States citizen is the most common way to attain lawful permanent resident status, informally referred to as “getting a green card.” Each year, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services […]

General Contractor Bankruptcy – protect your rights

[CONSTRUCTION LAW] Given the uncertain economic times and the potential delays for projects, the risk of bankruptcy is high. It is more important than ever to protect your rights to payment or to completed, timely projects without additional costs. Communicate up and down the chain and act quickly to ensure, to the extent possible, that your rights are protected.

FAQs: Impact of Covid-19 On Commercial Real Estate

[COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE] The impact of COVID-19 on the CRE industry is unprecedented. We have been asked a broad range of questions as a result of the pandemic, including: What if a tenant cannot pay rent? Are commercial transactions being closed? How are lenders and borrowers affected? Are Force Majeure clauses available? and more.

Tax Law Q&A: COVID-19 Tax Issues for Businesses

[TAX LAW] As part of FFRCA and the CARES Act, Congress made a number of favorable changes to the Tax Code that are beneficial to benefit both businesses and individuals.  Specifically with respect to businesses, the following provisions may be extremely helpful during the economic crisis stemming from COVID-19:

Employer Essentials Resource Package

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Phillips Murrah has put together a flat-fee bundle of basic policies and guidance to help employers comply with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EMFLA), both of which are part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that goes into effect on April 1.