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Beth Dean

The History of Juneteenth Last week (June 17, 2021), President Biden signed legislation that declares Juneteenth a federal holiday, going forward. Let’s explore what that means for you and your company. Juneteenth occurs each year on June 19. It honors the day in 1865 when American forces declared that enslaved people in Texas were to […]
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We recently reported that President Trump signed an executive order and three memoranda for COVID relief. With no interference thus far from Congress, those orders are scheduled to become active September 1.  One of the memoranda we are most frequently asked about is the “payroll tax holiday.” This provision gives employers the option to let employees […]
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Please visit our COVID-19 resources page with more information for business owners and employees.   During the weekend, President Trump signed an executive order and three memoranda for COVID relief. This executive order bypassed Congress, so debates are underway on its constitutionality and whether it is indeed law. Until we receive definitive word on its […]
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On June 5, 2020, the president signed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, into law. This law clarifies terms of the PPP loan, eligibility, and loan forgiveness. Highlights include: Expanded repayment period There is now an expanded, five-year repayment period for the PPP loan for those who did not receive loan forgiveness, an […]
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How do you handle a not so great employee? The workforce is filled with capable, professional adults with good intentions, working together to enrich the company, each other, and their families…and then, there are some bad apples. Unfortunately, a rotten employee will sometimes find their way into a company. Maybe this person spreads malicious gossip. […]
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As of midnight on Friday, December 21, many parts of the federal government have shut down. Though critical services for “life or property” such as the postal service and air traffic control remain intact, several federal government agencies and their employees are furloughed during this period. Here’s how the absence of these services could affect […]
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Nextep has always been active in giving back. From preparing dinners for families at the local Ronald McDonald House to participating in charitable events and volunteering, we and our people have long been passionate about helping others. But this year, Nextep got serious. Inspired by Salesforce’s philanthropy and following Pledge 1%’s model, we formed The […]
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Nextep is leveraging 1% of its time, dollars, and know-how to improve families, communities, and non-profit businesses. Nextep announced today that, through its charitable foundation, it has joined Pledge 1%. Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key part of every business. The charitable program empowers companies to donate […]
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Medical Marijuana is Legal in Oklahoma. Here’s What That Means to You as an Employer. The people of Oklahoma recently voted to legalize medicinal use of marijuana under State Question 788. While some groups are riding high on victory, the new law leaves many employers scratching their heads, asking questions such as: What will this […]
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Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in four states and allowed for medical use in several more. Weeding through the various marijuana state laws and how they interact with workplace policies can be difficult, but a Colorado Supreme Court ruling recently made it a lot more blunt. Although workplace policies generally must follow federal, […]
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Can I make my employee remove his nose piercing? Can I make women wear skirts? What if my employee smells horrible?  These and other questions frequently arise when companies are developing effective dress codes. Before imposing your fashion sense on your employees, be sure that your company’s dress code doesn’t potentially violate their Title VII […]
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Oklahoma’s public schools are facing a financial crisis. Teachers have difficulty earning a living wage, in addition to dealing with overcrowded classrooms, a teacher shortage, and low per-student spending (ossba.org). Union leaders are asking for a $10,000 pay raise over three years for Oklahoma teachers. If the bill fails to pass, teachers plan to walk […]
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