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  • Oklahoma unemployment hits five-year low

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate hit a five-year low in March at 4.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

  • Business Q&A: Debate likely not over on Equal Pay Act

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Crowe & Dunlevy’s Daniel Johnson discusses the potential impact of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which proposes changes to the Equal Pay Act.

  • Prominent Oklahoma House members deem bill 'socialistic'

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A workforce development bill that opponents called “socialistic” and “utterly ridiculous” was defeated Tuesday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Survey says: Columnist is right for her job

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The results of online personality test provides columnist, others in the workplace with insights into their needs and predicted stress reactions when those needs go unmet.

  • Cities banned from setting minimum wage standards

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Oklahoma’s cities and counties are banned from setting their own minimum wage standards under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Oklahoma business briefs, April 12

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for April 12, 2014.

  • Amazon offers employees $5,000 to quit

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Amazon is offering its warehouse employees up to $5,000 to quit their jobs, even as the company is in the process of adding workers and locations, reports CNN Money. The "Pay to Quit" program, which was announced by CEO Jeff Bezos in his letter to shareholders late Thursday, is an effort to make sure that the Internet retailer's employees really want to be there. "The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want," he wrote in the letter. "In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don't want to be isn't healthy for the employee or the company."

  • Unemployment down slightly in Oklahoma City

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s unemployment rate ticked down slightly from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent in February, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Q&A with Brandon Long: Employers may need to amend their retirement plans after marriage decision

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    An employee benefits attorney with McAfee & Taft law firm discusses new guidance involving the Defense of Marriage Act decision and Affordable Care Act.

  • Worker shortage concerns construction industry

    By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The construction industry says it’s in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college.

  • Aubrey McClendon writes letter in support of new Kimray campus in NE Oklahoma City

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Aubrey McClendon owns land where new Kimray headquarters would be built, but some area residents oppose the development.

  • The Oklahoman announces changes to newsroom staff

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The moves were announced by Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group

  • Signatures sought to raise minimum wage in Oklahoma City

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Advocates are seeking signatures on a petition that would increase minimum wage in Oklahoma City to $10.10 per hour. Their goal is to put the measure before voters.

  • Family Medical Leave Act protects woman on Las Vegas vacation, court rules

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    McAfee’s Josh Cline advises employers to take all FMLA requests seriously, and require medical certification for any leave.

  • Norman weather company forecasts growth, qualifies for state job incentives

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Three companies have qualified for up to $9 million in Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program incentives.

  • State’s jobless rate declines

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writers | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in February — the state’s lowest unemployment rate in more than five years, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Unemployment in the state fell 0.2 percentage points to 5 percent in February, making it the state’s lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for commission. Employment grew by more than 3,500 in February, according to household survey, while the establishment survey showed a decline of 4,100 jobs for the month. It’s typical for the two surveys to show contradictory results on a month-to-month basis, Gray said.

  • Energy-related building projects set to begin as city approves jobs incentives for GE, Baker Hughes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    The GE research center is expected to produce at least 128 jobs to Oklahoma City. Baker Hughes expects to create about 475 jobs.

  • Oklahoma City staffing firm says employers would lay off workers if minimum wage rises

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    If minimum wage were to rise to $10.10 an hour 38 percent of companies that pay workers minimum wage say they would be forced to lay off some employees, according to a survey by Oklahoma City-based staffing firm Express Employment Professionals.

  • Earnings growth driven primarily by workers with college degree, University of Oklahoma researchers find

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A new University of Oklahoma study released Friday has found that U.S. earnings growth in the United States has been primarily driven by workers with at least a bachelor’s degree.

  • Oklahoma unemployment rate inches downward

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in January, down slightly from 5.4 percent in December, according to data released Monday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.