• Business Q&A with Melissa McDuffey

    BY PAULA BURKES | Yesterday

    The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division determined that Halliburton had incorrectly categorized 1,016 employees as “exempt” from overtime.

  • Event will address Oklahoma workforce skills gap

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman will publish a series of stories Sunday through Tuesday looking at issues around the growing gap between available jobs and skilled workers in the state. We will continue the conversation with leaders in business, industry and education from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 14 in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Q&A with Courtney K. Warmington

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Terminating employees is arguably one of the riskiest employment decisions that an employer can make. Conversely, not terminating an employee is also one of the riskiest decisions an employer can make.

  • Business Q&A with Rodney Walker

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Rodney Walker, a regional vice president with Walmart, discusses the recent decision to allow some part-time workers to go to full-time roles.

  • Q&A with Mary P. Snyder

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Mary P. Snyder is an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's labor and employment practice group.

  • Paycom eligible for $20.5 million in state Quality Jobs incentives

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Paycom plans to add more than 1,000 jobs in the next decade, which could bring in more than $20 million in incentives from the state Commerce Department.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 1, 2015

  • Despite energy industry losses, Oklahoma City's jobless rate holds steady

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent in August, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

  • Chesapeake Energy lays off 562 in OKC; 740 companywide

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    With other recent layoffs, Chesapeake's workforce has been reduced by 800, CEO says.

  • Chesapeake cutting workforce

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Oklahoma City energy giant laying off employees for second time in past two years.

  • Oklahoma business briefs

    Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs

  • Playing Fantasy Football scores points for careers, women say

    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    It’s the third Fantasy Football season for Erin Speier, of Tulsa, and Teresa Townsend, of Yukon. Both say it’s helped their careers.

  • Q&A with Adam W. Childers

    PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    New definition of "joint employment" from National Labor Relations Board may mean more workers qualify.

  • Oklahoma unemployment rate rises

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY  Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Oklahoma lost energy-related jobs in August, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers.

  • Low oil prices slow state economy, but other sectors offset declines

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The energy industry's driving influence on Oklahoma's economy has turned into a drag as persistently low oil prices hamper growth, but some other sectors are picking up the slack, according to an economic report. Chad Wilkerson, an economist and vice president of the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said several key sectors in the state are unaffected by trends in oil prices. Among them are agriculture, aerospace, health care, arts and entertainment and the federal government.  "A variety of measures show the oil and gas sector to be the most important and unique industry in Oklahoma, yet several sectors largely unrelated to oil and gas are also important to Oklahoma's economy," Wilkerson

  • Business Q&A with Nathan Whatley

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Nathan Whatley, a labor and employment attorney for McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City, discusses the recent settlement between BMW and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Business Q&A with Mary P. Snyder

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Traditionally arbitration agreements have been used in employment to limit costs of drawn-out litigation. In the modern age of class actions, the Supreme Court has ruled twice that cases that contain class-action waivers are enforceable.

  • 10 Oklahoma counties with the largest living wage gaps

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Data is beautiful, isn't it? MIT created an interactive map that displays information about the living wage gap across every county in the United States. From the site: MIT’s Living Wage Calculator estimates the cost of living (“living wage”) in each of the nation's counties and major metropolitan areas, and compares it to the minimum wage for a variety of household types. Mapped here are three types: parent with spouse and two children, single parent with one child, and single adult. Variations in the gap between living wage and minimum wage occur for a variety of reasons. A city with a relatively high minimum wage, for instance, may still show a large gap due to a high cost

  • Business Q&A with Vic Alberts

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order requiring private companies who contract with the federal government to provide to their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.

  • Q&A with Brandon Long

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Q&A with Brandon Long, wn employee benefits attorney with McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City