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[TEXAS LAWYER] Providing experienced, mid-market shareholders at a lower billing rate improves efficiency, enhances value and achieves cost reductions that clients seek.
Today, the Supreme Court clarified that “[a]n individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions” and that “[a]n employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”
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 […]
[ALCOHOL SALES] The passage of Senate Bill 1928 in the last days of the session effectively made the ABLE Commission’s previous directives about curbside sales and delivery of alcohol permanent.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Post-Pandemic Workplace Safety Guide – Based on OSHA guidance and the inevitable surge of litigation in the post-pandemic US, employers should act now to both protect their employees and minimize potential liability. Before employees return to the workplace, employers should do this:
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 […]
[PPP Loans] Treasury’s May 5 guidance update extends PPP repayment date for the safe harbor to May 14. Initially, the repayment date was May 7. Click through for details.
[PPP Loans] Treasury: Laid-off employees will be excluded from the forgiveness reduction calculation so long as the borrower made a good faith, written offer of rehire and the employee’s rejection of the offer is documented.
Phillips Murrah Director Kathy Terry is featured as a source in a Journal Record article regarding liability that companies may face as Oklahoma begins to re-open as directed by Governor Stitt. From the story: As thousands of businesses reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 crisis, they’ll be facing a new type of risk that could […]
#GivingTuesdayNow is May 5. It is certainly an understatement to say that the past month and a half has been disruptive to the way of life of so many. As we adapt to this strange new world, we seek out ways to be helpful to those around us. As part of Phillips Murrah’s efforts to […]
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Phillips Murrah Director Kathy Terry presented an in-depth labor and employment videoconference about changes to employment rules resulting from new COVID-19-related federal legislation to the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance.
[PPP LOANS UPDATE] On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate approved a $484 billion bill, allocating an additional $310 billion in funds to the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program, whose original funds were depleted after only one week.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] How do businesses handle risk when filing unemployment insurance benefits claims for independent contractors?
[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.
[EQUINE LAW] Horse management facilities are designated as critical infrastructure businesses in Oklahoma. Manage risk by implementing best practices guidelines for preventing COVID-19 spread, communicate barn rules & implement stable liability waivers.
[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] 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:
[SBA LOANS] With recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Small business owners, in particular, are anxious to receive relief under the Act. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is implementing regulations regarding the historic legislation. Here is a summary of what we know, currently:
[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.
[TAX LAW] The CARES Act, approved by the Senate and set for a Friday House vote, provides both individuals and businesses with robust economic support, including through changes to the federal tax code.
[SBA LOANS] The CARES Act, approved by the Senate and set for a Friday House vote, authorizes $349 billion for SBA 7(a) loans. Read important highlights:
Due to the horrible effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has ordered that all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector to close. Understandably, the order has a lot of Oklahomans wondering who and what falls into the category of being considered as a part of the critical […]
[LIQUOR LAWS] Many Oklahoma cities have closed restaurants to dine-in service and permit only delivery, take-out or curb-side pickup. ABLE permits beer and wine sales to consumers from licensed restaurants that are closed to dine-in service.
[SBA LOANS] For Oklahoma businesses interested in more information about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is hosting three teleconferences that will cover the application process.
[CYBERSECURITY LAW] For companies, responding to the pandemic means enabling employees to work from home. With this comes the obvious preparation to allow employees access to company information outside of the company’s network. It is incredibly important to recognize that this comes with an increased risk of data security issues.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] The U.S. Department of Labor issued its first guidance on the implementation of the recently-enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The DOL is expected to issue formal implementation regulations later this week. Some of the important information in this initial compliance assistance document is highlighted below:
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] The U.S. Senate reportedly reached a bipartisan deal to finalize and pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), a $2 trillion stimulus package seeking to address the widespread economic damage caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
[TAX LAW] Oklahoma Tax Commission: Curbside or drive-through packaged beer and wine sales do not constitute mixed beverages that are subject to 13.5% mixed beverage tax.
[FAMILY LAW] For families dealing with a court-ordered visitation schedule due to divorce, paternity actions, guardianships, or otherwise, there was no clear direction on how they should continue with their current court-ordered visitation schedule that primarily revolved around start and stop dates correlating with the minor child(ren) school calendar.
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