[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.
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Eight first-year law students at University of Oklahoma won the Best Brief Award, sponsored by Phillips Murrah.
[HEALTH PROVIDER LIABILITY] The recently-approved Oklahoma Senate Bill 300 grants civil liability protection to health providers through October 2020 in the event of loss or harm to a person at a facility where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses exist, with some exceptions.
[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 […]
[INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS] This article is geared towards businesses that regularly use independent contractors who may file claims for unemployment insurance benefits—discussing the risks involved and how businesses can mitigate those risks.
[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.
Oklahoma City University School of Law recently named Director Nikki Edwards the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for the upcoming Fall semester. “The role of Distinguished Practitioner in Residence is an exciting opportunity to interact with the students in a meaningful, interactive way, as opposed to a lecture format,” Edwards said. “I’m most looking forward to […]
[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 […]
Attorney Kendra M. Norman was recently named Outstanding Chapter Advisor of Alpha Omicron Pi at University of Oklahoma, having been elected to the position just this past fall. “I was shocked and so humbled! I never expected to receive this award after just taking on this position,” she said. “I am very proud to represent […]
[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.
Donna Anderson, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for March 2020. “It is an honor to be nominated as Employee of the Month,” Donna said. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be a part of this loving work family!” The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff […]
[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?
[ENERGY] Oklahoma utility demand peaks are down, and a clear indication of how the coming months will affect the Oklahoma energy industry has yet to reveal itself. Phillips Murrah Attorney Jim Roth is quoted in the Oklahoman newspaper.
[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.
Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 2, 2020. This Gavel to Gavel column is a summary of our full-length Q&A on Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs. By Phillips Murrah Director Alison J. Cross and Attorney Kara K. Laster On March 27, Congress passed […]
[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.