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Recent Mandates for Federal Contractors

By Kate Grado Equal Employment Opportunity On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  The executive order amends Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national [...]

Say What? NLRB Decisions Regarding Confidentiality, Respectful Workplace, and Non-Disparagement Policies

By Shari Lane First let me say that it’s not as bad as it sounds.  Well, maybe it is.  We told you last year that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or “the Board”) continues to hand down decisions that severely restrict employer policies.  (If you missed that issue, you can still find our Fall [...]

Eugene Follows Portland’s Lead: Employers Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave

by Kate Grado The Eugene City Council passed a sick leave ordinance this week that affects most employers engaged in business in the City of Eugene. The Eugene ordinance, which is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015, requires that employers provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours the employee [...]

RAIN Celebrates its Official Launch

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) celebrated its official launch and the opening of their new Eugene home at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce building with a ceremonial signing of the Declaration of Cooperation by its partners. On May 28, 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber joined RAIN co-conveners, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning, along with representatives [...]

Amber Zupancic-Albin Joins HLGR’s Health Care Law and Professional Liability Defense Practices in Portland

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (HLGR) is pleased to announce that Amber Zupancic-Albin has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Portland office. Amber joined HLGR on May 5, 2014 and will work closely with the firm’s attorneys in the Health Care Industry Law practice group, as well as in the Professional Liability [...]

HLGR Adopts a Classroom

Attorneys and staff from our Portland office participated in the “Adopt a Classroom” holiday giving project this year. We had a lot of fun selecting and purchasing a wide array of fun and skill-building toys for the “Wobblers” (ages 12-18 months) at the Peninsula Children’s Learning Center. This was really a fun way to give [...]

Discipline and Documentation

Presenter: Shari Lane Shari will be presenting on discipline and documentation issues at the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries’ 29th Annual Employment Law Conference. For more details on the two-day conference at the Oregon Convention Center, including registration information, please visit the State of Oregon BOLI website.

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Is your business prepared to comply with new requirements?

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule, which is effective on March 24, 2014, includes changes to the requirements surrounding equal opportunity clauses, invitations to self-identify, [...]

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

by Ted Simpson Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time, looks doubtful. These include, for individuals: the option to deduct state and local sales and [...]

More Decisions on Social Media

by Shari Lane You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow the scope of what restrictions are allowed and those that may be considered a violation of the [...]