McAfee & Taft

Tenth Floor, Two Leadership Square 211 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-7103, United States

Contact: Brad Neese

  • (405) 235-9621
  • (405) 235-0439

Asking about religion accommodations

An employer’s obligation to raise the issue of potential accommodations for religious discrimination under Title VII will soon receive clarification, as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear E.E.O.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Care for parent leads to firing

Can an employer terminate an employee out of a belief that the employee is too distracted from his job duties due to caring for a relative with a disability? That was the issue in the recent case, Kourimihelakis v. Hartford Fire…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Demand rising for alternative fees in intellectual property matters

A recent report found that corporate clients use Alternative Fee Agreements (AFAs) more often on Intellectual Property matters than any other practice area. The report provides that clients rely on AFAs for 37 percent of their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Sixth Circuit decision bucks trend on same-sex marriage

As you all know, the last several weeks and months have seen an unmistakable trend in federal court decisions paving the way for same-sex marriage in a majority of states. But just when it appeared that same-sex marriage might…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Group health plans for same-sex spouses: Equal treatment required or not?

In our recent webinar, McAfee & Taft attorneys shared with you a number of ramifications from the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in Oklahoma. One of the key questions we…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Ebola answers for employers

It comes as no surprise that employers increasingly find themselves dealing with workplace challenges relating to Ebola. The issues tend to arise in two contexts: How should employers respond to employee concerns, and what steps…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Questioning employees about prescription drugs that could affect performance and safety

Employers often have policies and procedures (frequently included in a drug testing policy) that require their employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs (i.e., per the advice and prescription of a licensed…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Gavel to Gavel: A tiger by the tail

Back in school, I recall reading the short story The Lady or the Tiger? It’s about a woman made to choose between two fates for her would-be husband, neither of which was particularly pleasant. What she would choose is left for…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Five tips on preventing workplace violence

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings. For employers, preventing…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW ALERT: What the legalization of same-sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers

On Monday, Oklahoma became one of five additional U.S. states required to allow same-sex couples to marry after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Oklahoma's new defense in patent infringement lawsuits

A new Oklahoma law should give would-be plaintiffs pause before alleging abusive patent infringement claims. In May, Governor Fallin signed into law HB 2837, making Oklahoma one of 18 states to enact a state bill aimed at patent…more
| Civil Remedies, Business Torts, Intellectual Property

AGENCY ACTION: EEOC: Trolling for plaintiffs

It’s no secret to employers that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken a more provocative and confrontational approach to investigating and litigating claims of employment discrimination. But the EEOC’s treatment…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

HEALTH CARE REFORM: Time to get serious about the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has consumed us for the last four and a half years. As employers, we have spent so much time trying to figure out what the ACA requires, trying to hit the government’s moving regulatory targets, and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: Court rules interactive process should have been triggered by a couple of stray comments

I miss my dog … or how to require your employer to let you bring your dog to work. Don’t laugh. A recent federal court decision from Hawaii seriously considered this issue. John Assaturian, a long-time Hertz employee with…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Gavel to Gavel: Helpful to employers

The Oklahoma Legislature has again amended the Oklahoma Employment Security Act, which governs unemployment benefits. The act has been amended several times over recent years in several significant respects. Originally…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law
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