human resources and labor law


Ensure Oklahoma employers are competing on a level playing field with other states when it comes to the laws and regulations they have to comply with, particularly in the area of employment law.  

2021 Policy Positions


  • Support efforts to reform Oklahoma’s unemployment benefits system
  • Support stronger regulations that require unemployed individuals to actively be looking for work in order to collect unemployment compensation benefits
  • Support statutory penalties for unemployment compensation fraud that parallel those for workers’ compensation fraud 
  • Support cooperative work with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to ensure hearing officers comply with or follow statutory mandates


Paid Leave

  • Oppose all efforts to force businesses to provide paid leave above what is currently required by federal law
  • Oppose efforts to divert unemployment compensation trust money to pay for family medical leave


Wage & Hour Law

  • Oppose all statutory mandates, either state or federal, as they relate to employer/employee relationships
  • Oppose efforts to lower the small business exemption from 50 to 25 or fewer employees
  • Support the “mirroring” of pro-business federal law on wage and hour laws
  • Support allowing employers the option of granting compensatory time in lieu of payment for overtime
  • Oppose any attempt to limit the definitions of “exempt employee” or otherwise expand employee eligibility for overtime including but not limited to raising the current salary thresholds
  • Support efforts to allow an employer to pay overtime only when a 40-hour weekly work schedule is exceeded
  • Oppose any federal or state legislative or regulatory measures that will interfere with an employer’s and employee’s freedom to contract, including efforts to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act


Drug Use & Employee Safety

  • Support business protections and property owners' rights regarding medical marijuana including but not limited to the preservation of safety sensitive rules
  • Support business protections and property owners' rights regarding regulation of employee drug use



  • Support business and property owners’ rights to regulate the possession of weapons on their property

Business Briefcase

Unemployment in 2021: UI Fund and Rates

The PRO Act


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Staff Contact:
Kinsey Westwood, Vice President of Government Affairs

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Committee Chair:
Stephanie Phipps
Vice President Human Resources Mustang Fuel Corporation

Committee Vice Chair:
Courtney Warmington
Fuller, Tubb, Bickford, Warmington & Panach, PLLC