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EmployerLINC Webinar: For Better or Worse — Oklahoma Legislature Lays Down New Laws for Employers

While issues dealing with immigration, healthcare and gun rights grabbed most of the headlines this legislative session, those weren’t the only bills making their way through the Oklahoma House and Senate that could affect the workplace. State lawmakers also considered revisions to several existing laws which many believe take a decidedly more pro-employer stance.

During this free one-hour EmployerLINC webinar, labor and employment attorneys Charlie Plumb and Nathan Whatley will take a look back at this past year’s legislative session, recap the hottest topics affecting the workplace, including which measures passed and which ones failed, and analyze what these changes mean for Oklahoma employers. Joining us to offer additional insight is special guest Mike Seney, senior vice president of policy analysis and strategic planning for The State Chamber of Oklahoma.

Topics covered include:  

  • Drug & Alcohol Testing – The state’s Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act was significantly overhauled to give employers more clarity and control over their drug and alcohol testing procedures. Included in the Act are provisions that specify:  
    • The circumstances under which a public or private employer may request or require an applicant or employee to undergo testing
    • Post-accident testing and how it affects workers’ compensation eligibility
    • Random testing for individuals as well as select groups
    • Testing of independent contractors and employees of independent contractors
    • What needs to be communicated in a written policy
    • Who pays for testing
    • Testing facilities and procedures
    • Disciplinary actions employers can take when an employee refuses to undergo a test or tests positive for the presence of drugs or alcohol
  • Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act – In what is welcome news for employers – especially those with 15 or fewer employees – lawmakers passed a measure which amended the OADA and made it the exclusive remedy for employment discrimination. In addition to modifying definitions and deleting obsolete language, other changes included:
    • Providing undue hardship exceptions
    • Expanding the Act to cover genetic discrimination information
    • Applying the law to employment applicants
    • Abolishing certain common law remedies
    • Providing for legal standing 
  • “Make My Day” law extended to the workplace – This new state law gives civil and criminal immunity to business people and their employees who use deadly force in the face of life-threatening criminals, but it may not protect corporate owners from lawsuits. So what’s a business to do? 

Join us for the LIVE BROADCAST on June 9, 2011, from noon to 1pm CDT. There is no cost to participate. Please register at the link below to receive access information for the live broadcast as well as to sign up for HRCI credit, if interested. Registration closes at NOON on Wednesday, June 8th.

This program has been approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Pre-registration is required to receive HRCI credit for this webinar. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

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June 9, 2011, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM