Shawn J. Roberts

Writing about law, technology and productivity

Oklahoma Business Law

Oklahoma Business Law: When is an employer required to pay for overtime?

If you are a business owner or someone in a position of authority with a business, do you know if your business required to pay overtime to employees? You might be surprised by the answer, read on to find out. For Oklahoma employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the FLSA controls […]

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Collecting an Oklahoma judgment –> Visualized

Have you ever wondered how an Oklahoma court judgment is turned into cash? Good question. As most people know, the judgment is only one step in the collection process. Rarely does a person owing a judgment simply right a check to pay it off. This is where the collection process kicks in. I outlined some […]

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Come hell or highwater – beware of the finance lease

Do you want to sign a lease for equipment that doesn’t work? Then, even though the equipment doesn’t work, be obligated to continue making lease payments for four years? I thought not. This post explains the “finance lease” and why you want to know you are signing one before you sign it. [Tweet this] Imagine […]

Does an employer have to pay salaried employees overtime?

Recently, a reader of this blog asked the question “How could a salaried employee be exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)? Good question. Since I have talked about who is covered by the FLSA and who must be paid overtime, it makes sense to discuss some of the ways a salaried employee could […]

Oklahoma Employment Law: Are wages required to be paid when an employee is on jury duty?

Q:  Are wages required to be paid when an employee is on jury duty? A:  If the employee is a “non-exempt” worker wages do not have to be paid. If the employee is an “exempt” worker the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 29 C.F.R. Sec. 541.602 states the employer is to pay wages for […]

Oklahoma Business Law: If my employees are “salaried”, do I need to pay them overtime?

Q: If my employees are “salaried”, do I need to pay them overtime? A: The short answer is Yes, even salaried employees are entitled to overtime pay. Overtime must be paid at a rate of at least one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for each hour worked in a workweek in […]

Oklahoma Business Law: Are breaks and lunch periods mandatory?

Q: Are breaks and lunch periods mandatory? A: NO. Neither federal nor state law require employers to provide breaks to employees age 16 or older. Mandatory break laws only apply to children under the age of 16. Breaks and lunch periods are considered benefits and remain at the discretion of the employer. For more Oklahoma […]

Oklahoma Business Law: As an employer, am I required to offer my employees benefits?

Q: As an employer, am I required to offer my employees benefits? A: NO. While many employers offer benefits, Oklahoma has no mandatory benefits law. However, if the employer has an established policy providing for benefits, the employee may or may not be eligible depending upon the employers eligibility criteria. Read your employee handbook for […]

Oklahoma Business Law: If I quit or get fired, does my employer have to pay me immediately?

Q: If I quit or get fired, does my employer have to pay me my final paycheck immediately? A: NO. An employer may wait until the next regularly designated pay day regardless of whether you quit or were fired. For more Oklahoma business law tips, sign up for the email list below. Subscribe to our […]

Oklahoma Business Law: Can my employer deduct money from my paycheck?

Q: Can my employer deduct money from my paycheck? A: Deductions can be legal, depending upon the circumstances. If you are concerned that your employer may be taking illegal deductions, you should contact the state Wage & Hour Unit for more information. Employers must sign a written agreement with employees in order to make legal […]