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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Oklahoma

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

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.