Oklahoma

Oklahoma Bill Would Adopt a Common-Law Test to Define ‘Employee’ for Unemployment Purposes

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The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs reports that a bill was filed in Oklahoma to change the test for classifying workers for unemployment tax purposes. They write: The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs applauds Oklahoma State Representative Mike Osburn (R-81) for pre-filing the Empower Independent Contractors Act of 2019, H.B. 1095. This bill would replace the flawed…

US Department of Labor, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission sign agreement to protect workers from misclassification 

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  The United States Department of Labor announced that it entered into an agreement with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to share resources and enhance enforcement.  The announcement states: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees’ rights and level…

Court ruling in California could affect Uber drivers in Oklahoma

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From NewsOK, Paula Burkes shares a conversation with Adam Childers about the California decision that an Uber driver was an employee and its implications for Uber drivers in Oklahoma.  Paula writes: “Q: What could this case mean for other Uber drivers and the company? A: This ruling is just the latest twist in an ongoing legal…

Roofer who worked as part of a team and was told where to go and what to do was an employee

From  WestlawNext (subscription required) — The Supreme Court of Oklahoma addressed the issues of employee or independent contractor in the context of an unemployment claim.  The court said: “In Page v. Hardy, 1958 OK 283, 334 P.2d 782, this Court set out several factors to be considered when determining whether an employee/employer relationship exists. Those are: (a)…