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Employment Law Update: EEOC’s Latest Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines

By Janet A. Hendrick and Kim Beight Kelly On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published 21 updated FAQs supplementing its guidance on workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies.  This represents the EEOC’s first comprehensive update of its guidance regarding COVID-19 since December 2020, prior to large-scale vaccine availability.  Notably, the EEOC prepared […]

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Director Nikki Edwards lends expertise to United Way Board Serve class

Nikki Edwards, Director in Phillips Murrah’s Family Law Practice, recently spoke to United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Board Serve 2021 Class on behalf of Positive Tomorrows, an organization she’s been active with for more than 20 years. “When Susan Agel, President/CEO of Positive Tomorrows, asked me to join her as a presenter at the Board […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Norman appointed to Junior League of Oklahoma City leadership role

Attorney Kendra Norman is continuing her time with the Junior League of Oklahoma City (JLOC), wrapping up a year as a provisional member to be an Active Member and leader with the organization. “This provisional year was not typical due to the pandemic and was filled with many Zoom meetings, but it allowed me to […]

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ALFA International profiles Director Byrona Maule

ALFA International, a renowned, global network of independent law firms, featured Director Byrona J. Maule for the May 7 edition of its #FridayFeature attorney profile. Memberships to ALFA International are exclusive, and Phillips Murrah is the active member representing the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The weekly profile series shares personal stories from spotlighted attorneys and […]

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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 […]

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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.”

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Steve Sherman joins Phillips Murrah’s legal team in Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 4, 2021) – Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Steve Sherman to the Firm’s legal team. Steve Sherman is an Of Counsel attorney who concentrates his practice on business and real estate transactions, including business and real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and land use. Steve represents numerous national, regional, and local real […]

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Phillips Murrah supports Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Phillips Murrah is proud to sponsor the Cure FA Soirée hosted by The Gehr family on May 22 to benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). The Firm’s sponsorship for the annual event is supported by Director Heather L. Hintz who has been active with the organization and this fundraising event since its inception four years […]

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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’ […]

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United States Department of Labor launches Essential Workers, Essential Protections initiative

By Phoebe B. Mitchell In another demonstration of its pro-worker agenda, President Biden’s Administration has launched a new webpage: Essential Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic[1]. The webpage, created by the United States Department of Labor (DOL)’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), is aimed at furthering the WHD’s goal of “protecting and enhancing the welfare of […]

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Gifting in 2021 is a case of ‘Use it or lose it’

By Jessica N. Cory This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Oklahoman on April 27, 2021. The federal government currently imposes a 40% tax on most lifetime gifts and transfers at death, with a few exceptions. For example, taxpayers can make “annual exclusion gifts,” or transfers of $15,000 per person per year, to […]

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Virtual meetings increase public access

By C. Eric Davis This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Journal Record on April 21, 2021. As schools and businesses increasingly met virtually over the past year, so too did Oklahoma’s governmental bodies, including boards of education, city councils, and state commissions. Today, largely as a result of the pandemic, online governmental […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Firm sponsors Make-A-Wish Pickleball Tournament

Phillips Murrah is sponsoring Make-A-Wish Foundation‘s inaugural Pickle N Wishes Pickleball Tournament on May 2. The tournament will be hosted by Make-A-Wish Oklahoma’s Wish Young Professionals Council of Oklahoma City, of which Attorney Phoebe B. Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors. “I have really enjoyed serving on the Make-A-Wish Young Professionals board,” Mitchell said. […]

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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’ […]

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PM Director Fred Leibrock earns CIPP/US Information Privacy Professional designation

In today’s information economy, it is more important than ever for companies and organizations to manage and safeguard their data. It is equally important to understand and develop privacy practices to comply with the latest regulations regarding records management and reporting obligations for privacy, as well as a plan of action in the event of […]

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Phillips Murrah Director Catherine Campbell successfully appeals client’s $4.3 million defamation jury verdict

Congratulations to Phillips Murrah Director Catherine L. Campbell on her successful appeal of a defamation jury verdict against former Oklahoma lawmaker, Wayne Pettigrew. A story about the verdict is featured in the March 18 edition of the Oklahoman newspaper, which states: In the appeals court’s 2-1 decision issued last month, Vice-Chief Judge Barbara G. Swinton […]

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USDOL seeks to overturn two proposed FLSA rules: Independent Contractor Rule and Joint Employer Rule

By Byrona J. Maule and Phoebe B. Mitchell In January, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the classification of independent contractors. Now, just months into President Biden’s term, his administration seeks to overturn both this proposed rule and the DOL’s final rule regarding joint employers. Independent Contractor […]

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Understanding tribal legal systems increasingly important

By Hilary Hudson Clifton This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Journal Record on March 11, 2021. The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court recently ruled that the words “by blood” must be removed from the tribe’s constitution – a decision intended to afford full citizenship rights to descendants of individuals formerly enslaved by members […]

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Kanye Family Law Lessons – Digging for Gold in Oklahoma

By Robert K. Campbell Music has permeated our society since the beginning of time. Artists have touched on all topics, such as politics, religion, social matters, etc. In 2005, Kanye West had a number-one hit song with “Gold Digger.” Urban Dictionary defines the term “gold digger” as “someone who only likes people because of how […]

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Jennifer Christian, Kayla Kuri join Phillips Murrah’s legal team in Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 1, 2021) – Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Jennifer K. Christian and Kayla M. Kuri to the Firm’s legal team. Jennifer Christian is an Of Counsel attorney who assists clients in a wide range of transactional matters and litigation involving business law, contractual disputes, real estate, banking, healthcare, business divorce, construction, […]