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Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth featured in USA Today energy article

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth was featured as a source in the USA Today energy article titled “Biden’s administration could affect Oklahoma’s energy industry in surprising ways.” From the article: Presidential administrations and Congresses throughout the past 40 years undoubtedly worked to nudge the nation’s energy and climate-related policies one […]

Limitations of the Texas Citizens Participation Act

The Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), commonly referred to as the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, provides litigants a valuable tool: an early opportunity to move to dismiss a lawsuit that infringes on their First Amendment rights, and if successful, an award of attorney fees.

Employee or independent contractor? DOL finalizes new rule

By Michele C. Spillman The United States Department of Labor announced a new final rule on January 6, 2021 regarding classification of workers as independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  “Streamlining and clarifying the test to identify independent contractors will reduce worker misclassification, reduce litigation, increase efficiency, and increase job satisfaction […]

Sign of the Times: Department of Labor publishes guidance on electronic postings and telemedicine visits in light of pandemic changes

By Janet A. Hendrick Recognizing ongoing changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the way we work and receive medical treatment, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor issued employer guidance on December 29, 2020 on two issues:  electronic posting of required employment law notices and when a televisit with […]

Employment Law Update: EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine in the Workplace

By Phoebe B. Mitchell On December 16, 2020, the EEOC published its highly anticipated guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace. The guidance addresses employment law issues related to the vaccine under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act […]

SCOTUS declines to hear same-sex parent case

By Janet A. Hendrick and Mark E. Hornbeek On December 14, 2020, the United States Supreme Court declined to review the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision requiring the State of Indiana to list two females on the birth certificate of a child of a lesbian couple who was conceived by in-vitro fertilization. Ashlee and […]

Employers should prepare for COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace

By Phoebe B. Mitchell On December 11, 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first emergency use authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine, which allows Pfizer-BioNTech, the manufacturer of the vaccine, to distribute the vaccine throughout the United States. This encouraging step for the United States in its fight against COVID-19 […]

Phillips Murrah partners with KGOU to launch Paying it Forward non-profit campaign

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

Phillips Murrah donates to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on behalf of ALFA International

 On Friday, Nov. 20, Phillips Murrah Director Byrona J. Maule presented a donation of $2500 to Jennifer Eckert, Director of Development for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The donation is a part of ALFA International‘s 40 Days of Giving program. Byrona chose Regional Food Bank, Oklahoma’s largest domestic hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as the […]

COVID-19 Update: Okla. Gov. Stitt issues new restrictions, U.S. DOL updates face mask FAQs

By Phoebe Mitchell and Martin Lopez III COVID-19 Update: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Issues New Restrictions Against the backdrop of surging numbers of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, Governor Stitt recently announced the Seventh Amended Executive Order 2020-20. In addition to the protective measures afforded by the previous iterations of the Executive Order, this newest version […]

Phillips Murrah recognized as Champion of Justice Law Firm by Texas Access to Justice Commission

The Texas Access to Justice Commission announced Phillips Murrah is among the recipients of their Champion of Justice Law Firm Award. The Commission presents the awards to attorneys and law firms who champion and support the important work of Texas legal aid and pro bono providers. Phillips Murrah is recognized via our Texas office, located […]

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 […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg at OKC candlelight vigil

Tuesday night, Oklahomans gathered at the state capitol to mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an American legal, cultural and feminist icon and, as described by Chief Justice John Roberts, a justice of historic stature and a cherished colleague. Among those who gathered were Phillips Murrah attorneys Nikki Jones Edwards, Cathy […]

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 […]