• Proliferation of mobile devices complicates overtime pay issues

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Cori H. Loomis of Christensen Law Group discusses the consequences of employees' use of technology outside of work.

  • Marriage equality means changes for employee benefit plans

    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Last week's Supreme Court ruling determined there will be standardization across the nation for how employers treat employees for spousal benefits. Same-sex spouses now will receive the same benefits.

  • Unemployment up in Oklahoma City

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in May, according data from the U.S. Labor Department.

  • Window shopping business briefs

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Window shopping business briefs for July 2, 2015

  • Two companies qualify for state jobs incentives

    By Brianna Bailey Business WriterThe Oklahoman  | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Palmer Manufacturing & Tank Inc. in Skiatook and EAN Support Services LLC in Tulsa have qualified for $5.1 million in state jobs incentives. The companies have created 296 new positions over the course of 10 years through the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program.

  • 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.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., takes a look at Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • Window shopping

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Retail briefs for June 25, 2015

  • Drilling, profits, employment fall for Oklahoma's energy companies

    BY ADAM WILMOTH Energy Editorawilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Oklahoma and the nation continued to shed drilling rigs this week as oil prices held relatively flat. The drilling rig counts in the state and nationwide dipped by two this week, marking the 28th straight decline for the national numbers and the first drop in six weeks in Oklahoma, Baker Hughes said Friday. Nationwide, 857 rigs are now searching for oil and natural gas. The count is down 56 percent from 1,929 on Nov. 1. The U.S. count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999. In Oklahoma, 105 rigs are active, down 51 percent from 214 on Nov. 26. Even as the number of rigs searching for oil and natural gas has fallen, the country's production has continued to grow. The U.S.

  • Oklahoma unemployment grows as state shed energy jobs

    Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Oklahoma's unemployment rate crept up to 4.3 percent in May, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous month, as the state continued to shed oil and gas jobs, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.  The state lost 1,100 energy sector jobs over the month.  Oklahoma was one of three states that had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate increases in May of 0.2 percentage points each, including North Carolina and South Dakota. The national jobless rate was 5.5 percent in May, up slightly from 5.4 percent in April. Oil and gas jobs declined by 5,400 positions  in Oklahoma over over the 12-month period ending in May, down from 60,100 energy sector jobs in May 2014.

  • Oklahoma business briefs

    Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for June 19, 2015

  • Oklahoma business brief

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Workers in Beckham, Caddo, Canadian, Marshall, McIntosh, Seminole and Wagoner counties could be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

  • Oklahoma business news in brief

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Oklahoma business news briefs for June 13, 2015.

  • Oklahoma employers see new trends in monitoring employees' use of technology

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Crowe and Dunlevy’s Courtney Warmington discusses trends in workplace monitoring of employees’ use of technology. Google Glass, Fitbit bracelets and more are creating new issues.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, June 12

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs, June 12, 2015.

  • Welcome to Oklahoma City aka 'Big Brain Mecca'

    BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Robust bioscience sector draws top-notch talent to Oklahoma City

  • Oklahomans, employers turn to social media wagering for healthy weight goals

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Hundreds of employers nationwide, including in Oklahoma, are embracing social media wagering as a complement to existing wellness programs.

  • Oklahoma Business Briefs, June 9

    Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Oklahoma Business Briefs, June 9

  • Business Tech Bytes for June 9

    Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Business Tech Bytes for June 9, 2015

  • Oklahoma students' interest and aptitude in STEM flat, although need for skills growing

    Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The inaugural STEM index, measuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics activity, reflects a need to promote scientific literacy in Oklahoma.