Charles S. Plumb

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(918) 574-3003 | charlie.plumb@mcafeetaft.com | Tulsa
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Bio overview

Charlie Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.

As part of his labor practice, Charlie represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.

Charlie is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. Heis also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers. He has previously served as leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.

Charlie is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before state, regional and national audiences, has been interviewed by local and national media on a variety of state and federal employment law matters, and has been a guest legal columnist and contributing author to numerous business and professional publications, including The Oklahoman, The Journal Record, HRlaws.com, and EmployerLINC, a legal blog dedicated to employers and workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers, as well as co-editor for the Oklahoma section of the annual guidebook for employers and human resources professionals, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.

Charlie’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (“Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers”), Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been lauded as “an impressive public speaker who utilizes his vast experience to effectively defend clients.” Researchers at Chambers & Partners also quoted market observers as admiring him for his “practicality of advice and specialized knowledge of complex legal issues,” with sources commenting that he “immediately commands respect, is always up to date and knows how to handle a problem.” He was named by Best Lawyers as the “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014 and 2019, honors only given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each community.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a “Local Litigation Star” and “Labor & Employment Star – South” by Benchmark Litigation
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law — management; labor law — management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Named “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014 and 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Top 50 Lawyers”
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Labor Council)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Employers Counsel Network

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Circle Cinema Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, Inc. (Board of Directors)
  • The Booker T. Washington Foundation (Former Member, Board of Directors)

 

Attorney Articles

Articles

Drug testing and safety rules

Drug testing and safety rules clarified

The Journal Record |
warehouse employee return to work

The dangers of ‘100% healed’ and ‘no restrictions’ policies

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Oklahoma transgender employee seeks reinstatement

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Valuable free OSHA resource available for Oklahoma employers

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

NLRB reverses course on joint employers and employee handbooks

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Time for employers to up their game for preventing workplace harassment

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Oklahoma jury awards transgender employee $1.165 million

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Vague, open-ended medical leave denied

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

New Form I-9 available

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Medical exam results and tasks actually performed

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Employer liable for off-duty murder?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Attack on an employer’s promotion decision

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

What not to do in wage and hour investigations

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

The road ahead for employers

The Journal Record |

No medical report means no accommodation

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Texas court stops DOL effort to expand overtime

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Are you a joint employer?

The Journal Record |

Employee fired while on FMLA leave: Why it was OK

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Must be qualified to apply

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Female deputy’s different treatment poses problem for sheriff

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

DOL releases new overtime regulations

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC issues bathroom guidelines for transgender employees

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Wrongful discharge — alive and well in Oklahoma

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Keys to crafting an effective response to an EEOC discrimination charge

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

No Surprise: EEOC files two sexual orientation lawsuits

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC now revealing employers’ information to charging parties

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Firing someone returning from leave

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

How to self-audit your I-9 forms

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Drones in the workplace

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

How long do I keep applications?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Labor Board’s joint employer decision sure to cause headaches

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Oklahoma court tosses negligent training and supervision claims

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Retaliation claims can sink an employer

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Tulsa Abercrombie & Fitch in religious discrimination lawsuit over headscarf

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

EEOC clarifies rules for wellness programs

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Disabilities that pose a ‘direct threat’ in the workplace

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

More FMLA rights for same-sex couples

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

What’s in store for employers?

The Journal Record |

Ebola answers for employers

EmployerLINC |

New OSHA injury and illness reporting requirements

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC: Trolling for plaintiffs

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

When is a company considered the employer of another company’s employees?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC amps up attack on background checks

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Not a ‘team player’… or sex discrimination?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Oklahoma employer not responsible for workplace prank

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Cursing employee denied unemployment benefits

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Harassment-free workplace: Potential harassers not limited to employees

EmployerLINC |

Courteous, professional workplace policy outlawed

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Has unionized college football arrived?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

A closer look at the expansion of overtime

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Federal agency proposes clearinghouse for commercial driver drug test results

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Not all offensive behavior is actionable

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Social media restrictions on employers passes Oklahoma House

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Different pay for unequal jobs OK

Diversity Insight |

New workers’ comp law expands scope of potential retaliation claims

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Unions in college football?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Maintaining a religious-neutral workplace

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Discriminatory drug testing leads to liability

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Different pay for unequal jobs OK

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

State prohibition on same-sex marriages found unconstitutional

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

When gossip becomes harassment

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Snow, ice and blizzard tips for employers

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

2014 Resolution: Social media training for your employees

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Past use of a false Social Security number: An employment disqualifier?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

A preview of future overtime lawsuits?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Oklahoma workplace tobacco law revisions effective November 1

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Oklahoma workplace tobacco laws revised

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Employer not liable for shift leader’s bad acts

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

FMLA leave and same-sex spouses

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Employee’s text not good FMLA notice

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

How to handle employees on medication

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Sometimes ‘crazy’ is a defense

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

NLRB challenges e-mail and social media policies

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Pro-union poster rule strikes out

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Interactive discussion should occur before employment decision

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Employees who violate federal law are awarded damages

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

New I-9 form means good time to review your hiring process

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Tulsa court enforces agreement to arbitrate

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Court enforces agreement to arbitrate

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Limits on reemployment rights under USERRA

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Psychological injuries without physical injuries are not compensable

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

U.S. Supreme Court enforces Oklahoma arbitration agreement

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

NLRB attacks employer’s right to keep investigation confidential

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Chicken and stitches

The Journal Record |

Prohibited hiring trumps retaliation claim

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Working at home and additional leave time unreasonable

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Real world tips on fighting unemployment claims

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Under Oklahoma’s new ‘Open Carry’ law, employers can still keep workplace gun-free

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employment Law Update |

FMLA retaliation or rightful discharge?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Pro-union poster back on hold (again)

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Point/Counterpoint: Why two labor posters are better than one

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

No reinstatement if you can’t do the work

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Limits placed on EEOC subpoenas

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

If you don’t have anything nice to say…

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Corporate Liability: When is a parent responsible for its sub?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

‘This is why you were fired’

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

NLRB releases report on social media cases

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Emotional distress claims: a future trend?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Unionizing employers is about to get easier

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Whistle-blowing and wrongful discharge claims

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Tattoos, unemployment benefits and firings for misconduct

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Disabilities: The expansion of disability lawsuits

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving firing over employee’s Facebook comments

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Employers and ‘in-your-face’ Facebook

The Journal Record |

Did I use my outside voice?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Employer Retaliation: Here they come — increased retaliation claims

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Confidential Information: Theft of personal information is a wake-up call for employer

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Covenant not to compete: Hiring competitors’ employees

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

You’re hiring someone’s employee?

The Journal Record |

Strengthening arbitration agreements

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Employment Practices: Employment letters, handbooks, and promises — oh, my!

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Union Organizing: Union logos, fliers and discipline

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Protected activity: No retaliation claim when employee ‘goes off’

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Watch out — Oklahoma follows IRS’ lead

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Riding herd on FMLA abuse in 2010

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Employee Handbook: Handbook disclaimer wins

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

The long reach of EEOC subpoenas

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

The Changing Face of Employment Disability Law

@Law Magazine |

Retaliation: What did you know, and when did you know it?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Reasonable accommodation: Returning to work and the interactive process

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Reductions In Force: The Importance of Keeping Your Story Straight

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Age discrimination: America’s pastime

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Pensions and retirement benefits: Layoffs, severance, and wage claims

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

National origin discrimination: He doesn’t talk like us

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Employer retaliation: Workplace witness protection

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Union Organizing: Here come the unions

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Workers’ compensation: Three-year absence? Time to terminate

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Eavesdropping Employer Caught

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Military Service: Don’t delay reemploying returning military members

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Oklahoma vs. Federal Drug Testing Standards

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |
ATPs display in this column

At The Podium

Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana in the Oklahoma Workplace

TAHRA Employment Law & Practices Seminar
Tulsa, OK | November 1, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Tulsa Benefits Administrators
Tulsa, OK | October 18, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

OESA Superintendent’s Conference
Oklahoma City, OK | October 17, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Oklahoma Safety Council
Tulsa, OK | October 11, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

El Reno Chamber of Commerce
El Reno, OK | October 10, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Oklahoma City, OK | October 4, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Central Tech (Sapulpa Campus)
Sapulpa, OK | September 20, 2018

Investigating Harassment and Discrimination Claims

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives
Oklahoma City, OK | September 17, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives
Oklahoma City, OK | September 17, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Chickasha Chamber of Commerce
Chickasha, OK | August 16, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Woodward Chamber of Commerce
Woodward, OK | August 15, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma
Norman, OK | August 2, 2018

Investigating Harassment and Discrimination Complaints

Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma
Norman, OK | August 2, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

United Way Agency Directors Association
Oklahoma City, OK | August 1, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative CEOs
Oklahoma City, OK | July 30, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Elk City Chamber of Commerce
Elk City, OK | July 24, 2018

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce
Weatherford, OK | July 24, 2018

Medical Marijuana: An Action Plan for Employers

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | July 19, 2018

Next Steps for HR as Medical Marijuana Initiative Passes

Western Oklahoma Human Resources
Weatherford, OK | July 12, 2018

What Oklahoma Employers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

Central Tech (Drumright) Lunch & Learn
Drumright, OK | June 22, 2018

Non-compete, no-solicitation and confidentiality agreements

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | June 14, 2018

Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

ALA Tulsa Chapter
Tulsa, OK | May 17, 2018

Medical Marijuana in the Oklahoma Workplace

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | May 10, 2018

What Oklahoma Employers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

CentralTech (Sapulpa) Lunch & Learn
Sapulpa, OK | May 10, 2018

Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

OKC Metro Employer Council
April 17, 2018

Guns at Work: How to legally balance workplace safety with local ‘parking lot’ laws

BLR On-Demand Webinar
Online | April 10, 2018

What Oklahoma Employers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, OK | April 10, 2018

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

ADA Reasonable Accommodations: Extended leave, service animals and other tricky issues

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

Trump-Era Game Changers: Snapshot of Which Employment Laws Will be Killed and Which Will Survive the New Administration

2017 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 16, 2017

Workplace Investigations: Your Action Plan for Probing Complaints, Interviewing Witnesses, Reaching Reasoned Conclusions, and Taking Action

2017 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium Pre-Conference Workshop
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 15, 2017

I-9s and Immigration Enforcement

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | July 19, 2017

ADA Challenges to Banking Websites

2017 Oklahoma Bankers Association Annual Convention & Trade Show
Norman, Oklahoma | May 23, 2017

Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
JurisIQ.tv | April 26, 2017

Legal Risks Concerning Website Accessibility in Recruitment, Hiring, and Other Employment Practices

Website Accessibility: HR’s Strategic Guide to Meeting Digital Accessibility Standards Amid Increased Regulatory Oversight - On-Demand
HR Hero on-demand virtual workshop | May 3, 2017

A Look Ahead: What to expect and plan for

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017

Workplace Wellness: How to recognize, address and accommodate mental and emotional issues in the workplace

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Fixed v. Variable Work Schedules: How to Administer Just-In-Time and On-Call/Reporting Time Policies Amid Growing Legislative Push Toward Predictable Scheduling Practices

21st Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 10, 2016

Employee Handbook and Policy Updates for the Modern Workplace

21st Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 9, 2016

Am I An Employer? Identifying Employment Relationships

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 3, 2016

Preparing for Radical Changes in Overtime Law

Oklahoma Travel Industry Association
Norman, OK | September 26, 2016

Punching the Clock: The New Overtime Rules

Oklahoma Restaurant Association Convention & Expo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | August 31, 2016

Employer, Are you ready for the radical changes to the overtime law?

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Business Seminar
Weatherford, Oklahoma | June 23, 2016

Radical Changes in Overtime Law

Oklahoma Grocers Association
Oklahoma City, OK | June 14, 2016

Preparing for the Radical Change in Overtime Law

Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma | May 19, 2016

Expanded and Expensive: How to prepare for the new DOL overtime rules

EmployerLINC16: Employers Under Pressure
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 5, 2016

Expanded and Expensive: How to prepare for the new DOL overtime rules

EmployerLINC16: Employers under pressure
Oklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016

2016 Wage and Hour Challenges

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 8, 2016

The Work/Life Balancing Act: Implementing family-friendly workplace policies

Meridian Technology Center’s Spring 2016 HR Matters
Stillwater, Oklahoma | February 9, 2016

Transgender, Sexual Orientation & Stereotyping Issues in the Workplace

Career Tech State BIS Directors’ Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 2, 2016

Let’s Talk: Engaging disabled employees in the ADA’s interactive process

Oklahoma Bar Association’s Government and Administrative Law Practice Section Winter CLE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 11, 2015

Transgender, sexual orientation and stereotyping issues in the workplace

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
JurisIQ.com | November 18, 2015

Family Friendly Workplace: How to Meet Emerging Paid Leave Obligations While Boosting Productivity and Employee Satisfaction

Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 5, 2015

Workplace Investigations: HR’s Role in Resolving Crises Safely and Effectively

20th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 4, 2015

Workplace Investigations and FLSA Developments & Trends

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Annual Human Resources Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 24, 2015

Workplace Investigations: The right way to investigate wrongdoing

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
JurisIQ.com | September 24, 2015

Give Me a Break: Wage & Hour Pitfalls for Restaurant Owners

Oklahoma Restaurant Association Convention & Expo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 2, 2015

Failure to understand the concept of pretext

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Failure to understand the concept of pretext

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Tulsa, OK | April 28, 2015

What to Expect in 2015 from Wage & Hour

Tulsa Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinators Association
Tulsa, Oklahoma | February 4, 2015

Let’s talk: Engaging disabled employees in the ADA’s interactive process

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | January 28, 2015

FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Comp Overlap: Strategies for Overcoming New Compliance Challenges BLR—Business and Legal Resources Conference Webinar

Conference Webinar
Online | December 3, 2014

Vaping in the Workplace: Current Compliance Challenges E-Cigarettes May Ignite

19th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 6, 2014

Expert Panel: HR’s Employment Law Outlook for 2015 and Beyond

19th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 6, 2014

Same-Sex Spouses: What the changing legal landscape means for employers

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | October 22, 2014

Social Media Issues in the Workplace

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives — Human Resources Association Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 11, 2014

Employee Handbook Update: What to Change, What to Keep, and What to Throw Away

BLR—Business and Legal Resources Conference Webinar
Online | August 12, 2014

‘Social’ Security — Protecting your company from the hidden pitfalls of social media

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | August 5, 2014

Social Media Challenges in the Workplace

2014 Oklahoma Safety & Health Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma | June 5, 2014

Avoiding litigation after an employee leaves

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014

Government agency hot button issues

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014

Government agency hot button issues

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014

Social Media Challenges in the Workplace

Oklahoma Association of College and University Business Officers, Spring 2014 Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 3, 2014

After DOMA—Understanding New Laws, Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses in the Workplace

OKC Metro Employer Council Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 25, 2014

Mental Health in the Workplace: How the ADA and FMLA Apply and Overlap

Ardmore Personnel Roundtable
Ardmore, Oklahoma | March 20, 2014

Social Media Challenges in the Workplace

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 11, 2014

Social Media and Workplace Challenges

Oklahoma Chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 5, 2014

After DOMA — Understanding new laws, guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses in the workplace

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | January 22, 2014

Guns-at-Work Laws: A Legal Obligation and Liability Primer for Employers

Webinar presented by BLR — Business & Legal Resources
Online | December 17, 2013

Guns at Work: How to Keep Your Employees Safe

18th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 15, 2013

Plan/Prevent/Protect: What Employers Must Know — and Do

18th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 14, 2013

Avoiding Claims of Retaliation

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 6, 2013

Guns at Work: How to Keep Your Employees Safe

18th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Orlando, Florida | October 4, 2013

Plan/Prevent/Protect: What Employers Must Know — and Do

18th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Orlando, Florida | October 3, 2013

FMLA Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave: Master Top Challenges When Managing Frequent or Unexpected Absences

BLR Live Webinar
Online | September 19, 2013

Update on ADA Regulations

Oklahoma Municipal League Annual Conference & Expo
Tulsa, Oklahoma | September 18, 2013

Landmark reform: Overhauling Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system

Case Management Society of America, Oklahoma Chapter’s Annual Educational Conference
Norman, Oklahoma | September 17, 2013

Social Media in the Workplace

Oklahoma Self Insurers Association Conference
Midwest City, Oklahoma | September 13, 2013

Wellness Programs — Carrots and Sticks, Compliance and Risks

EmployerLINC Webinar
August 22, 2013

Oklahoma’s new workers’ comp administrative system and arbitration option

EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers' Compensation Overhaul
Tulsa, Oklahoma | June 20, 2013

HR’s Guide to Leave Management: How to Avoid Legal Headaches When Coordinating FMLA Leave

BLR/Employers Counsel Network National Webinar
May 9, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Misclassifying Independent Contractors

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2013

Oklahoma Employment Law Update

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2013

Misclassifying Independent Contractors

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 23, 2013

Using Temporary and Leased Employees: Issues Concerning Co-Employment

Tulsa Area Employer Council
April 9, 2013

Social Media Challenges

Oklahoma Association of College and University Business Officers Fall Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 9, 2012

Updating Your Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

Western Oklahoma Human Resources
Weatherford, Oklahoma | November 8, 2012

Employment Law Outlook for 2013 and Beyond

17th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | October 31, 2012 - November 2, 2012

ADA-Safe Job Descriptions: HR’s How-To for Defining Essential Functions

BLR National Webinar
Online | October 15, 2012

Employment Law Outlook for 2013 and Beyond

17th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Nashville, Tennessee | October 3, 2012 - October 5, 2012

Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Danger Zone

Oklahoma Municipal League Employment Seminar
Midwest City, Oklahoma | July 13, 2012

ADA-Safe Job Descriptions: HR’s How-To for Defining Essential Functions

HR Hero National Webinar
Online | June 6, 2012, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

A Practical Refresher on Hiring and Firing Best Practices

Western Oklahoma Human Resources Presentation
Weatherford, Oklahoma | April 12, 2012

Avoiding the ADA Abyss — How to interactively accommodate, deal with employee drug use, and know when to use fit-for-duty evaluations

EmployerLINC 2012: ‘Adventures in HR’
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 3, 2012

Leave Management – How to Master the FMLA/ADA/Workers Compensation Web

HR Hero Virtual Conference
Online | March 27, 2012

New (and better) Drug and Alcohol Testing Rules for Oklahoma Employers

Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce's B2B Breakfast
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma | November 22, 2011

Employment Law

The Legal Forum Radio Series
October 22, 2011

Upcoming Changes for Oklahoma Employers: Wrongful Discharge and Drug Testing

Muskogee Area Human Resources Association
October 17, 2011

Manage Your FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Comp and GINA Overlap

Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Nashville, Tennessee | October 6, 2011, 02:30 - 03:30

Employment Law Outlook for 2012 and Beyond

Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Nashville, Tennessee | October 6, 2011, 08:30 - 09:30

Whistle-blowing, Retaliation and Employment Terminations

Oklahoma Society of CPA's Fall Conference
September 23, 2011

Survivor: Ethics and the Employment Jungle

Oklahoma Society of CPAs' Fall Industry Conference
Midwest City, Oklahoma | September 23, 2011

Fall Check-Up for Your Employee Handbook

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | September 13, 2011, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Oklahoma Employment Law Update

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives
August 15, 2011

Advanced FMLA Management and Strategies

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association July Learning Lab
Tulsa, Oklahoma | July 28, 2011, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Changes for Workplace Drug Testing in Oklahoma

Tulsa Metro Chamber HR Forum
July 20, 2011

Advanced Challenges and Solutions for Employers

HR Hero 2011 Wage & Hour Virtual Summit (Online Interactive Conference)
June 16, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Managing Social Media in the Workplace

OCUPA-HR Spring Drive-In Conference
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma | May 17, 2011, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Government Crackdown on Wage & Hour Issues

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2011, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Government Crackdown on Wage & Hour Issues

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 20, 2011, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Now Hiring!

EmployerLINC Webcast
March 24, 2011, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The IRS and the HR Relationship

Western Oklahoma Human Resource Organization
Weatherford, Oklahoma | February 10, 2011, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

EmployerLINC Webcast: When the Feds Come Knocking

Legal Information, News and Commentary for Employers Webcast
Online | January 25, 2011, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

What Employers Can Expect in 2011

Tulsa Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association
Tulsa, Oklahoma | January 18, 2011, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

What’s New and Hot With the FMLA

2010 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada | November 11, 2010

When the Feds Come Knockin’

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 10, 2010

Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise: Avoiding Wage & Hour Traps and Surviving a DOL Audit

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 20, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Violence in the Workplace

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 20, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

What’s New and Hot With the FMLA

2010 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee | September 30, 2010

Employment Law Update

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
May 26, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Terminate Legally

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 26, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Advanced FMLA Issues

HR Hero FMLA Master Class
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 26, 2010

How to Terminate Legally

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 19, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Employment Law Update

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 19, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Investigating Conduct or Claims: Getting to the Truth and Making it Stick

Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 20, 2010, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

How to Legally Terminate

Bartlesville Area Human Resources Association
April 8, 2010

FMLA Compliance: Advanced Challenges and Solutions for Employers

HR Hero 2010 FMLA Compliance Virtual Summit
Online | February 23, 2010

Overcoming the 8 Toughest Wage & Hour Problems: How to avoid DOL’s ramped-up enforcement

Interactive HR Hero Audio Conference
Audio Conference | November 19, 2009

What the New FMLA Regs and Future Leave Laws Mean for Employers

HR Hero Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Las Vegas, Nevada | October 29, 2009 - October 30, 2009

Recordkeeping Essentials

HR Hero Master Class
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 2, 2009

What the New FMLA Regs and Future Leave Laws Mean for Employers

HR Hero Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
Nashville, Tennessee | September 17, 2009 - September 18, 2009

Oklahoma Employers’ ADA Master Class

HR Hero Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 12, 2009

Union Avoidance Virtual Summit

HR Hero Webinar
Online | April 29, 2009

FMLA Notice and Medical Certification: How to Comply with New Regs

Online | March 31, 2009
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1982
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education

  • J.D., with honors, The Ohio State University, 1982
    • Editor, The Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1979
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McAfee & Taft, 19 attorneys honored in 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation

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EEOC clarifies stance on restroom access for transgender workers

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Chambers USA 2016 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 41 firm attorneys as leading lawyers

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Labor Department regulations to expand overtime pay for millions

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‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

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McAfee & Taft, 20 attorneys honored in 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation

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Annual seminar offers employers real-world examples of costly, common mistakes

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Family and Medical Leave Act update expands same‑sex protections

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‘Ethics’ is placed on trial during business luncheon

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Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

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Labor board ruling could shake up college sports

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College Football Union Has More Obstacles to Tackle

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Changes to workers’ compensation law expected to generate retaliation claims

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Road to Safety

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Same-sex marriage issue poses challenge in OK, attorney says

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Fines add up for technical errors on businesses’ I‑9 forms

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Federal bill would widen classes protected against discrimination

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Prescription use of narcotics raises questions by employers

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Multistate telecommuting offers pitfalls in taxes, unemployment

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Interactive process necessary to ADA accommodations

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‘Government Gone Wild’ seminar draws record numbers

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Undocumented workers gain protection under wage laws

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Arbitration quicker, less costly alternative for employers

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Oklahoma workers’ compensation laws differ for psychological injuries

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McAfee & Taft to host webinar on the rising costs of misclassifying independent contractors

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Nonunionized employers need to pay attention to NLRB

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Tools for drug testing

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Proposed labor rules would make unionizing faster, easier

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Courts beginning to accept obesity as a disability

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Attorneys in Oklahoma expect workplace investigations to rise

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Holiday season shines light on workplace alcohol issues

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More government ‘boots’ are on the ground

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Employers can take steps to quash union organizing

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New FMLA regulations further define ‘serious illness’

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