Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Oklahoma
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Allen L. Hutson and Randall J. Snapp, Crowe & Dunlevey
- Oklahoma is an at-will employment state. See At-Will Employment.
- An employee handbook will generally not create an implied contract, but an employer should exercise caution and make sure that the employee handbook includes a disclaimer regarding at-will employment and a reservation of the employer's right to modify, change or ignore policies. See Implied Contracts.
- Oklahoma law prohibits smoking in places of employment, with some exceptions. See Non-Smoking Law.
- Oklahoma employers may not prohibit employees from possessing a handgun in their vehicles parked on the employer's premises. See Workplace Violence and Safety.
- Oklahoma has laws addressing nepotism in both private and public employment. See Nepotism.
- Oklahoma does not have laws addressing private employees engaging in political activities while at work. See Political Activity.
- Oklahoma has no law prohibiting drug or alcohol testing in a private workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing.
- In Oklahoma, all private employers are subject to electronic monitoring restrictions. See Employee Use of Communication Systems.
- Accrued but unused vacation time can be considered wages payable upon termination of employment. See Wage Payment.
- Localities including Ada and Shawnee have requirements pertaining to employee handbooks, work rules and employee conduct. See Local Requirements.