Paula Burkes
Business Reporter

A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes
has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Boston. Since February 2001, she’s worked as a business writer for The Oklahoman state newspaper, specializing in personal finance and workplace enterprise stories that have far-reaching effects for readers’ lives. Paula and her teenage daughter, Jessica, live in Edmond, Okla.

  • Moore jeweler displays multifaceted skills in more than 21 years of service as mayor

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    When President Bill Clinton’s staff phoned Moore mayor and jeweler Glenn Lewis after the May 3, 1999, tornado, Lewis hung up on him — twice.

  • Many observers think Obamacare ruling will prove to be detrimental to business

    Paula Burkes Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Both the Oklahoma State and Greater Oklahoma City chambers chose not to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to allow federal tax subsidies to stand for lower-income families who buy health insurance through Meanwhile, a Stilwell businessman and Oklahoma City insurance broker said the decision is bad news for businesses.

  • Many employers in Oklahoma not ready for 'Cadillac Tax'

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Cadillac Tax is a permanent, nontax deductible, annual excise tax that’s set to begin in 2018 for employers that provide high-cost benefits through an employer-sponsored group health plan. Many employers in Oklahoma are not ready for the tax.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Here's to Martha, her mojitos and words to live by

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Martha Collar, my late BFF who would've turned 57 today, if acute leukemia hadn't cut her life short seven and a half years ago. I think of Martha, nearly every day and especially when sipping a mojito, one of her favorite cocktails, making one of her scrumptious dishes, like her Chicken Enchilada Pie (see recipe below), or when I'm remembering Eddie, her husky mix who lived with my daughter and me  until last summer when we had to say good-bye. But I undoubtedly think of Martha, her work ethic, laughter and wisdom on her June 30 birthday.

  • Marriage ruling doesn't directly restrict employer health, wellness coverage choices, OK expert says

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer  | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Most employer-sponsored health and welfare benefit plans are governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which “doesn’t require employers to extend benefits to any spouses, and generally gives employers latitude, in their respective plan documents, to cover who and what it wants,” said Alison Howard with the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm.

  • Q&A with Chris Griswold

    By Paula Burkes Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City attorney Chris Griswold discusses how employers can enhance the enforceability of noncompete agreements.

  • Q&A with Allen L. Hutson

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A recent finding of discrimination and harassment against the Department of the Army stemming from its treatment of a transgender employee is expected to have repercussions in private sector employment. Allen Hutson, an attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses the ramifications of the case.

  • Electronic health records, ACA could spark more litigation

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Electronic health records, Affordable Care Act could spark more litigation over health care

  • More workplaces going to the dogs

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer   | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Friday is the 17th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day.

  • Executive Q&A: Self-described 'hooligan' in high school finds his strong suit is in building houses

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect growing up with deaf parents had on his life and career.

  • Federal labor laws can combat human trafficking in workplace

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Labor laws can combat human trafficking

  • Mind Your Own Business: Is saving $53 worth risking incurable breast cancer?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Would you risk getting incurable breast cancer to save 53 bucks? Sounds dramatic. But that’s the dilemma I felt I faced last week when I went for my annual mammogram. In addition to having to -- for the umpteenth time – fill out several pages of HIPAA-required privacy information, I had to decide whether I wanted the 3-D mammogram they’d just gotten three weeks ago – or go with the usual 2-D technology. It would’ve been a no-brainer, only the latest technology could come at an additional $53 cost if my insurance didn’t cover it, I was told. Apparently, Medicare as of Jan.

  • At-home dads on the rise

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer   | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The number of stay-at-home dads is increasing. According to a June 2014 report of the Pew Research Center, fathers who don’t work outside the home numbered 2 million in 2012.

  • New top-level domains challenge businesses, offer opportunities

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Daily business Q&A with Drew T. Palmer

  • Oklahoma firm's academy teaches organizational leadership

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Russ Florence of Schnake Turnbo Frank discusses his firm’s new Leadership and Reputation Academy, which offers a crash course in organizational leadership.

  • Oklahoma voter registration soon will be available online

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Attorney Steven Heinen discusses a new Oklahoma law that will allow residents to register to vote electronically. The law takes effect Nov. 1.

  • Dads lag moms when it comes to getting presents on their special day

    BY PAULA BURKES Staff | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Email survey finds that 10 percent fewer adults plan to buy Dad a gift than bought one for Mom.

  • Obamacare ruling could have major impact on Oklahomans

    BY PAULA BURKES Business | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    About 102,153 Oklahomans using the federal exchange for premium health care subsidies in 2015 could lose them if a court rules the subsidies and tax credits aren't permitted, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Fewer plan to buy for Dad than Mom

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Only 73 percent of Americans plan to buy their dads a gift for Father’s Day this Sunday, according to survey results released last week by Austin-based marketplace for digital offers. Among 1,006 U.S. adults who responded to an email survey conducted last month by Kelton Global for the website, 10 percent fewer plan to […]

  • Executive Q&A: Longtime trial lawyer got his start in the Army JAG Corps

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Sid Dunagan, shareholder and trial lawyer with GableGotwals in Oklahoma City, has tried more than 400 cases throughout his civil and military careers.