Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

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McAfee & Taft’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group ranks as one of the largest of its kind in the region. Ten of the most knowledgeable and experienced employee benefits lawyers in the country form the core of the team, while additional McAfee & Taft tax, securities, corporate, and litigators are available to lend their expertise to specific areas of employee benefits law. Because of this, we represent clients with thousands of employees all over the country.

In addition to the large size and strength of our practice, our billing rates are typically significantly lower than our out of market competitors. Clients who use us for this type of work get the expertise without the high prices often charged by competitor firms in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, or Washington, D.C.

Since the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was passed in 1974, McAfee & Taft has been a leader in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation. Both collectively and individually, our attorneys are actively involved with such leading industry organizations as the SouthWest Benefits Association, IRS EP/EO Councils, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the Department of Labor.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all employee benefits matters, including:

  • Qualified retirement plans
  • Executive compensation, including issues involving compensation strategies, plan design, and compliance issues involving 409A and 162(m)
  • Health and welfare plans, including Affordable Care Act compliance
  • ERISA litigation
  • Plan fiduciary counseling
  • Subrogation recovery services
  • Multi-employer plans and collectively bargained plans
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • HIPAA, COBRA, USERRA

Client Diversity

McAfee & Taft’s Employee Benefits Group advises clients of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, major universities, large Indian tribal governments, tax-exempt employers, and businesses of all sizes.

We represent clients on a wide variety of issues related to the design, preparation, communication, administration and operation of all forms of employee benefit plans and executive compensation programs and the related funding vehicles, including pension and profit sharing plans, leveraged ESOPs, stock option plans, stock purchase plans, incentive compensation programs, “rabbi” trusts, “cafeteria” plans, voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations, and Section 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans.

Practice group members also counsel with and negotiate on behalf of clients with respect to employee benefit issues that arise in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions. When appropriate, we work closely with clients’ accountants, actuaries and third party administrators.

A Differentiated Approach

Just as no two employers are the same, neither are any two employee benefit plans. Our approach is to provide employers with customized plan options and the information they need to make informed business decisions.

The fact is that “boilerplate” and “cookie-cutter” programs simply don’t work in today’s environment, where employee benefits rules and regulations are constantly subject to change. That’s why it is especially vital that employers be represented by attorneys with the experience, expertise, and proactive mindset to develop cutting-edge solutions and to understand every plan alternative and consequence.

Given the depth and expertise of its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, McAfee & Taft also has the unique capability of providing a “team approach” to its client relationships. As a result of this structure, each member of our team can address a variety of issues either through their own experience or with the assistance and consultation of other group members.

For more specific details regarding our areas of expertise, please select from the practice area links on the right.

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Judy Burdg
Associate
(918) 574-3087
Jennifer H. Callahan
Shareholder, Director, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2225
Melissa J. Cottle
Associate
(405) 552-2364
Jodi W. Dishman
Shareholder
(405) 552-2314
Bill G. Freudenrich
Shareholder
(918) 574-3013
Anna E. Imose
Associate
(918) 574-3048
Elizabeth T. Isaacs
Associate
(405) 552-2303
Barbara Klepper
Associate
(405) 552-2249
Brandon P. Long
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2328
Richard D. Nix
Shareholder
(405) 552-2219
John A. Papahronis
Shareholder
(405) 552-2231
James C. Prince
Shareholder
(405) 552-2309
Mark D. Spencer
Shareholder
(405) 552-2368

Paralegals

Alessa French
Professional Paralegal, Certified Legal Professional
(918) 574-3073
Lisa G. McKinzie
Paralegal
(405) 270-6014
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Articles

Fiduciary Rule cancelled, subject to further appeal by DOL

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

New White House memorandum likely to result in delay of fiduciary rule

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

ACA reporting deadline extended — but employers should stay focused to avoid penalties

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

ACA Cadillac tax delayed two years

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

New ruling limits out-of-pocket expenses at individual level in 2016

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

The skinny on narrow networks

Mcafee & Taft Business & Legal Update |

The ACA’s Toyota tax

EmployerLINC |

Sixth Circuit decision bucks trend on same-sex marriage

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

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

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

What the legalization of same-sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Law Alert |

Time to get serious about the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Why you should care about the Affordable Care Act

Talking Stick |

Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Continuation Coverage Requirements

Benefits Compliance Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies |

New action steps for employers and their health plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

ERISA = Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

HHS announces new risk assessment tool for HIPAA security compliance

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

IRS outlines new reporting requirements for employers on health care coverage

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Gavel to Gavel: Big time for benefits

The Journal Record |

Administration issues new game-changing health care reform regulations

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Oklahoma workplace tobacco laws revised

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

No employer penalties for lack of exchange notice

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

IRS issues new guidance on same-sex spouses

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Continuation Coverage Requirements

Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies |

Tax Laws and Employee Benefits

Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies |

Obama administration delays employer mandate until 2015

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Same-sex marriage decision raises questions about employer-sponsored health and retirement plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Deadlines set for required ‘Exchange Notices’

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Governor signs legislation overhauling workers’ compensation system

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

New HIPAA regulations for sponsors of group health plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Year-end IRS deadline looms for correcting release language in 409A agreements

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Deadlines loom for 2012 health care reform compliance

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Health care reform — steps employers should be taking now

The Journal Record |

IRS issues guidance on new $2,500 limit for health flex accounts

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Supreme Court upholds Health Care Reform law

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

New IRS proposed rules on tribal retirement plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Update |

Effective date extended for fee disclosure requirements

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

IRS announces plan limitations for 2012

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Businesses with misclassified workers may find relief under new IRS settlement program

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

401(k) mistakes: Don’t worry, you can fix them

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Deadline approaching for amending health flexible spending accounts and other medical reimbursement expense plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

IRS delays enforcement of non-discrimination requirements for insured health plans

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Amendment to regulations will allow some plans to change insurance carriers without losing grandfathered status

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Remember new mental health parity requirements

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Important information for employers with fully insured medical plans

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Layoffs may cause a partial termination of your retirement plan

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Pensions and retirement benefits: Now is the time to think about automatic enrollment for 2011

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Health Care Reform Update: Additional ‘Interim Final Regulations’ issued

McAfee & Taft Health Care Reform Update |

Health Care Reform: Important regulations issued on grandfathered plans

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

HIRE Act will save money for qualifying employers

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

New healthcare reform law to impact existing healthcare plans

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Federal unemployment benefits, COBRA subsidy extended one month

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

DOL adopts safe harbor for small plans on remitting participant contributions

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

IRS to randomly audit businesses for employment tax compliance

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

New rules on notice requirements for breach of unsecured HIPAA protected health information

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Has your company’s layoff caused a partial termination of your retirement plan?

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Employee rights: Exercise caution before you rely on the gross-misconduct exception under COBRA

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Exercise caution before you rely on the gross‑misconduct exception under COBRA

The Journal Record |

Questions and Answers Regarding COBRA Subsidy

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Update |

COBRA Subsidy in New Stimulus Law Adds Administrative and Notice Requirements for Employers

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |
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At The Podium

Bonanza! The Healthcare Hot Topics Panel

SWBA 43rd Annual Conference — Wild West of Benefits
Austin, TX | May 10, 2018

Health Plan Update

Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference 2018
Midwest City, OK | May 10, 2018

Affordable Care Act Update

2018 Oklahoma Labor & Management Conference
Midwest City, OK | May 10, 2018

Retirement Plan Fee Performance

Pension Focus Conference 2018
Branson, Missouri | May 3, 2018

Preparing for 401(k) Audit Season: How to make your audit run more smoothly

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

Welcome Relief in Recent Tax Legislation and Regulations

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

The ACA Lives, Lessons Learned in 2017, and Current Health Plan Trends

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

Employee Benefits All-Star Q&A Panel

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

Preparing for 401(k) Audit Season: How to make your audit run more smoothly

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

Welcome Relief in Recent Tax Legislation and Regulations

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

The ACA Lives, Lessons Learned in 2017, and Current Health Plan Trends

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

Employee Benefits All-Star Q&A Panel

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

No ACA Reform, More Money, More Risk, Less Benefits

2017 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | December 7, 2017

Affordable Care Act Update

4th Annual Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Education Conference
Norman, Oklahoma | October 6, 2017

Fiduciary Hot Topics

ASPPA Benefits Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas, Texas | September 20, 2017

Using Bread Crumbs to Find Your Way Back Out of the Jungle

HoganTaylor 2017 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 30, 2017

Using Bread Crumbs to Find Your Way Back Out of the Jungle

HoganTaylor 2017 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Rogers, Arkansas | August 29, 2017

401(k) Compliance and Enforcement Update

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | July 26, 2017

ACA Reform (or not)

Bundled Services Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 11, 2017

The Death of the ACA?

Oklahoma Chapter of the College and University Professional Association
for Human Resources Spring 2017 Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 10, 2017

Using bread crumbs to avoid litigation

Pension Focus Conference 2017
Branson, Missouri | May 4, 2017

Health Care Update and HIPAA Basics

2017 Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference
Midwest City, OK | April 20, 2017

HIP-HIPAA-RAY!! – A practical guide to HIPAA compliance

SouthWest Benefits Association 2017 Benefits Administration Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 7, 2017

Are the EOBs from your TPPs deficient? Improving your health plan’s claims procedures

SouthWest Benefits Association 2017 Benefits Administration Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 7, 2017

Severance Plans and Agreements: Issues and strategies

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

Employer Obligations and Liabilities for Health Plan Administration

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

Employer Fiduciary Duties Related to Retirement Plan Administration

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

Benefits, Executive Compensation and Privilege Issues You Should Be Thinking About

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

The ACA and the Trump Administration: Where we are, where we are going

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

Severance Plans and Agreements: Issues and strategies

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

Employer Obligations and Liabilities for Health Plan Administration

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

Employer Fiduciary Duties Related to Retirement Plan Administration

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

Benefits, Executive Compensation and Privilege Issues You Should Be Thinking About

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

The ACA and the Trump Administration: Where we are, where we are going

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

Managing Benefits in a Bad Economy

SouthWest Benefits Association’s 27th Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Addison, TX | November 10, 2016

DOL Investigations of Your Retirement or Health & Welfare Plan

Employers Health Coalition’s Employer Health & Wealth Administrator Workshop
Columbus, Ohio | August 31, 2016

Clearing the DOL and IRS Hurdles for Employee Benefit Plans

Let the Games Begin: The 2016 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 17, 2016

Clearing the DOL and IRS Hurdles for Employee Benefit Plans

Let the Games Begin: The 2016 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Springdale, Arkansas | August 16, 2016

What Options are Available When Settlement Funds are Disbursed?

National Association of Subrogation Professionals Webinar
Online | August 9, 2016

Paradigm Shift in Healthcare: Strategies employers can implement to save money and control costs

PremierSource Summer 2016 Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | June 16, 2016

Benefit plan audits: Best practices for avoiding common problems

Pension Focus Conference 2016
Branson, Missouri | May 20, 2016

ACA Reporting: We survived! Lessons learned from an employer and vendor

SouthWest Benefits Association’s 41st Annual Conference
San Antonio, Texas | May 5, 2016

Marriage is What Brings Us Together Today

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

What Am I Missing? COBRA, HIPAA and other medical plan issues

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

Overlooked Employment Tax Traps

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

Lessons Learned From a Retired IRS Auditor: Best practices to stay prepared for a benefit plan audit

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

Surprise! Emerging gender identity benefits issues and unexpected traps in the ACA

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

ACA Update: Where we have been and where we are going

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Dallas, Texas | April 1, 2016

10 Questions on the Administration of Welfare Plans

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Dallas, Texas | April 1, 2016

Marriage is What Brings Us Together Today

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

What Am I Missing? COBRA, HIPAA and Other Medical Plan Issues

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

Overlooked Employment Tax Traps

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

Lessons Learned From a Retired IRS Auditor: Best practices to stay prepared for a benefit plan audit

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

Surprise! Emerging gender identity benefits issues and unexpected traps in the ACA

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

ACA Update: Where we have been and where we are going

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 4, 2016

10 Questions on the Administration of Welfare Plans

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 4, 2016

Leveraging wellness programs in the ACA age

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
JurisIQ.com | February 10, 2016

Controlling Benefits Costs

PricewaterhouseCoopers HR Roundtable
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 3, 2016

Employee Benefits and the U.S. Department of Labor: How to ensure that your firm’s employee benefit programs are ready in case the DOL comes calling

Tulsa Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators
Tulsa, Oklahoma | January 21, 2016

Executive Compensation: Corporate best practices and planning opportunities

2015 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 3, 2015

Employee Benefits for Contingent Workers

American Conference Institute’s Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation & Administration of Employee Benefit Plans
New York City, New York | November 18, 2015

ACA Legal Update: Is the hardest part behind us or ahead of us?

SouthWest Benefit Association’s Regional Health Benefits Forum
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 1, 2015

Affordable Care Act

Central Oklahoma Manufacturers’ Association
Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 17, 2015

Top Issues for an IRS or DOL Investigation

Lockton Retirement Client Conference 2015
Grapevine, Texas | September 4, 2015

Affordable Care Act — 2015 Reporting Requirements

2015 Oklahoma Career Tech Summer Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 4, 2015

Revise-Review-Restate: A ‘How-to’ Guide for Retirement Plan Sponsors

2015 Cornerstone Credit Union League HR Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | June 9, 2015

Retirement Plans: Plan restatements, common mistakes

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

Retirement Plans: Fiduciary duties — why the industry is talking about fee leveling

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

Retirement Plans: Plan restatements, common mistakes

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

Retirement Plans: Fiduciary duties — why the industry is talking about fee leveling

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

Ethics: Ethical Considerations and Issues for the ERISA Practitioner, Including Conflicts of Interest

American Conference Institute’s 9th National Forum on ERISA litigation
Chicago, Illinois | April 14, 2015

When leave laws collide: Tackling complex health plan coverage issues

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | March 3, 2015

Employee, Independent Contractor and Class Action Penalties under PPACA

SouthWest Benefits Association’s Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Dallas, Texas | November 14, 2014

Minimum Essential Coverage and Excepted Benefits

SouthWest Benefits Association’s Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Dallas, Texas | November 14, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 13, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 12, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Springdale, Arkansas | November 11, 2014

ERISA Fiduciary Duties

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 30, 2014

Real-world strategies for ACA compliance

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | October 29, 2014

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

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | October 22, 2014

Time to Play or Pay – Health Care Reform

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

Unique Affordable Care Act Challenges Facing College and University Housing Officers

Association for College and University Housing Officers-International
Online | July 17, 2014

Sovereignty Issues Affecting HR and Benefits

Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
Thackerville, Oklahoma | July 10, 2014

ACA: Ready, Set, Report

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | July 10, 2014

Risky Business… Misclassifying Independent Contractors

Western OK Human Resource (WOKHR) Meeting
Clinton, Oklahoma | June 12, 2014

Claims, Costs and Control — Workers’ comp under the Oklahoma Option

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | June 3, 2014

Revise-Review-Restate — A ‘how-to’ guide for retirement plan sponsors

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | May 21, 2014

DOMA

2014 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada | May 15, 2014

Employee Benefits Case Update

2014 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada | May 15, 2014

Red-Light, Green-Light and the Affordable Care Act: Employer Compliance Strategies

2014 OSCPA Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 6, 2014

Health Care Reform Update

Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 2, 2014

ERISA Fiduciary Litigation

American Conference Institute’s 7th National Forum on ERISA Litigation
Chicago, Illinois | April 29, 2014

Health care reform update

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

Action steps for employers in 2014

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

Health care reform update

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

Action steps for employers in 2014

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

408(b)(2) Service Provider Notices: It’s Not Just Another Piece of Paper

Southwest Benefits Association 2014 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 14, 2014

Healthcare Reform Update: PPACA’s Impact 2014 and Beyond

Southwest Benefits Association's Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 14, 2014

Time to play or pay — (Finally) final regs for the employer mandate

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | March 13, 2014

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

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | January 22, 2014

Affordable Care Act: Another Year, More Changes

Perry Chamber of Commerce Presentation
Perry, Oklahoma | January 14, 2014

The Affordable Care Act — Employer Compliance Challenges for 2014 and Beyond

Council Of Petroleum Accounting Societies
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 19, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: Employer Compliance Challenges for 2014 and Beyond

Oklahoma County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Presentation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 10, 2013

Benefits Law Update

OPHRA 2013 Winter Quarterly Training Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 6, 2013

PPACA Mandate Issues, PPACA Litigation, and Guidance Impacting Wellness

SouthWest Benefits Association's Annual Conference for Practitioners & Plan Sponsors
Dallas, Texas | November 8, 2013

Employee Independent Contractor Issues

SouthWest Benefits Association's Annual Conference for Practitioners & Plan Sponsors
Dallas, Texas | November 8, 2013

To ERISA or Not to ERISA

Oklahoma Injury Benefit Coalition Seminar — Oklahoma’s Changing Workers’ Compensation System: Don’t Be Left Behind
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 5, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Options for 2014

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Choice Informational Breakfast
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 29, 2013

Benefit Plans – Common Mistakes and Pitfalls

PartnerSource 2013 Employers' Conference
Dallas, Texas | October 17, 2013

Workers Compensation Reform & Employee Benefits

Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 11, 2013

Wellness Programs — Carrots and Sticks, Compliance and Risks

EmployerLINC Webinar
August 22, 2013

Employee Benefits Issues Facing Healthcare Employers

Oklahoma Medical Management Group Association Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 10, 2013

The Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA): Are you Ready?

Reed Conference Center - Midwest City, Oklahoma
Midwest City, Oklahoma | May 22, 2013

The Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA): Are you Ready?

Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 16, 2013

Unique Employee Benefits Issues Facing Indian Tribes as Employers

Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 7, 2013

Health Care Reform Update

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

Health Care Reform for Employers

Healthcare Financial Management Association, Oklahoma Chapter
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 25, 2013

Health Care Reform Update

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

Health Care Reform: 2013 & Beyond

Stillwater Area Human Resource Association
April 18, 2013

Benchmarking Fees: Questions You Should Ask Your DC Provider

SouthWest Benefits Association 2013 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2013

Negotiating and Reviewing Service Contracts

SouthWest Benefits Association 2013 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2013

Benchmarking Fees: Questions You Should Ask Your DC Provider

SouthWest Benefits Association 2013 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Dallas, Texas | March 8, 2013

Health Care Reform: New Year, New Regs, New Changes

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | February 12, 2013

Cigna v. Amara Revisited: The Ongoing Fallout From this Landmark Case and Its Progeny

ACI's 5th National Advanced Forum on Defending and Managing ERISA Litigation
New York, New York | January 22, 2013

Affordable Care Act Implementation Timeline

Tulsa Chamber Human Resource — ACA Forum
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 9, 2012, 8:30 AM
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In The News

New association health plan rules provide opportunity for small businesses

The Oklahoman | June 26, 2018

Brandon Long elected president of SouthWest Benefits Association

May 15, 2018

‘Workplace Issues in the News’ seminar draws record numbers

March 30, 2018

Harvey victims may find relief in retirement loans, distributions

The Oklahoman | September 7, 2017

Uber could face Affordable Care Act penalties if drivers reclassified as employees

The Oklahoman | August 3, 2017

Brandon Long elected president-elect of SouthWest Benefits Association

June 5, 2017

McAfee & Taft seminar draws large crowds looking for answers about new administration

March 24, 2017

New Trump memorandum likely to delay fiduciary rule

The Oklahoman | February 8, 2017

Changes to ACA could be smoother in Oklahoma

The Journal Record | November 30, 2016

Presidential outcome could impact employee health insurance, more

The Oklahoman | November 11, 2016

Not all benefits are subject to retirement income security law

The Oklahoman | June 16, 2016

‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

April 5, 2016

Internal Revenue Service delays Affordable Care Act reporting

The Oklahoman | January 1, 2016

McAfee & Taft adds paralegals Stephanie Wells and Alessa French

December 21, 2015

Congress delays implementation of ‘Cadillac Tax’ on employers

The Oklahoman | December 18, 2015

Employee benefits attorney Judy Burdg joins firm

December 15, 2015

Time to make choices for 2016 flexible spending plan

The Oklahoman | November 18, 2015

Federal budget repeals controversial piece of Obamacare

November 6, 2015

Employer-provided identity theft protection leads to tax questions

The Oklahoman | September 4, 2015

New rules further limits health plan’s out-of-pocket expenses

The Oklahoman | July 15, 2015

Employee benefit plan fiduciaries must keep reviewing investments

The Oklahoman | June 2, 2015

McAfee & Taft announces launch of online video training service

May 12, 2015

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

May 1, 2015

Large employers should stay focused on health care rules

The Oklahoman | March 20, 2015

Agent of change: Employers review insurance, sick leave policies after high court ruling on same‑sex marriage

The Journal Record | October 8, 2014

Companies can allow employees to carry over some flex dollars

The Oklahoman | October 1, 2014

Adoption assistance benefits are not hard for businesses to add

The Oklahoman | September 10, 2014

Retirement funds may be exempt in case of holder’s bankruptcy

The Oklahoman | September 4, 2014

Employers soon to rework their benefit reporting for Obamacare

The Oklahoman | August 1, 2014

Provisions in Affordable Care Act in peril as court rulings conflict

The Oklahoman | July 31, 2014

McAfee & Taft publishes video series from EmployerLINC2014 seminar

June 16, 2014

Labor Department rule changes coming for job health coverage

The Oklahoman | June 11, 2014

ERISA attorney Brandon Long elected to board of directors of SouthWest Benefits Association

June 6, 2014

Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

April 18, 2014

Retirement plans may need to be amended after DOMA decision

The Oklahoman | April 9, 2014

Workers’ comp shake-up

The Journal Record | April 9, 2014

Wellness programs may be affected by non‑discrimination laws

The Oklahoman | February 25, 2014

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

The Oklahoman | December 25, 2013

Firm adds employee benefits paralegal Lisa McKinzie

December 10, 2013

Call-bombarded users ask, is healthcare.gov secure?

The Oklahoman | November 23, 2013

Many OK businesses set for 2014 health coverage

The Oklahoman | November 16, 2013

Oklahoma legislators will not receive a pay raise this year

Tulsa World | October 16, 2013

McAfee & Taft attorney Brandon Long appointed to Oklahoma Board of Legislative Compensation

October 9, 2013

Employers now can’t use health reimbursement accounts to help workers buy insurance on a tax‑favored basis

The Oklahoman | October 8, 2013

New IRS guidance on employee benefits for same‑sex spouses

The Oklahoman | September 13, 2013

Health care reform poses workforce challenges for restaurant industry

The Journal Record | August 23, 2013

Clock is running for businesses to make health care coverage decisions

The Oklahoman | April 28, 2013

Employers face new fees under health care reform

The Oklahoman | February 21, 2013

Nix elected to lead Oklahoma’s largest law firm for third consecutive term

January 24, 2013

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

November 13, 2012

Attorney, government officials weigh in on progress of health care reform implementation

The Journal Record | October 10, 2012

McAfee & Taft publishes videos from recent Health Care Reform seminars

October 8, 2012

McAfee & Taft’s Health Care Reform seminar draws larger-than-expected audiences

August 23, 2012

McAfee & Taft to host webinar on implementing affordable, enforceable workplace wellness programs

April 27, 2012

EmployerLINC 2012 draws hundreds of employers and HR professionals

April 11, 2012

McAfee & Taft’s EmployerLINC 2011 seminar draws large audiences in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa

April 27, 2011

New health care law prohibits varying benefits among staff

The Oklahoman | November 16, 2010

Healthcare Reform calls for medical coverage of adult children

The Oklahoman | June 18, 2010

Employment tax compliance forces IRS business audits

The Oklahoman | February 7, 2010

New law calls for mental health coverage from employer plans

The Oklahoman | December 25, 2009

Lawyers offer advice on employment law changes

The Journal Record | March 23, 2009

Stimulus allows health coverage to continue for fired workers

The Oklahoman | March 3, 2009

How safe are your employees’ retirement funds?

The Journal Record | October 31, 2008

Dudley Hyde featured in Oklahoman article on retirement plans

The Oklahoman | October 12, 2008

Papahronis Co-Authors Book on Employee Benefits Law

April 7, 2008

Old school vs. business casual

The Journal Record | February 21, 2008

Oklahoman article spotlights ‘Super 401(k)’ developed by firm attorneys

The Oklahoman | January 23, 2008

Business Week spotlights cutting-edge benefits plan developed by McAfee & Taft attorneys

Business Week | December 10, 2007

McAfee & Taft, PremierSource to Sponsor Employment and Benefits Super Conference

October 2, 2006

McAfee & Taft to Sponsor Elvis-Themed Employment Seminar

June 6, 2006

Papahronis, Prince to Speak at SWBA Workshop in Tulsa

February 10, 2006

McAfee & Taft to Sponsor ’70’s-Themed Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar

October 17, 2005

Hyde, Meyer to Address HR Professionals from Big XII

March 3, 2005

Papahronis, Nix to Speak at Employee Benefits Workshop

January 24, 2005

Nix, Hyde to Speak at Regional Employee Benefits Conference

November 1, 2004
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