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Chiefly L&E – Winter 2017 Newsletter

Employment Law 2017 2016 brought many legislative changes to state and federal employment laws. Some of those changes went into effect last year, others go into effect at some point this year, and still others are in limbo, subject to legal challenges and appeals. In this newsletter, we are summarizing: Minimum wages in many of […]

Halt to New Overtime Rule

By HLGR’s Labor & Employment Team On November 22, 2016, a nationwide injunction was issued by a federal judge halting regulatory revisions to overtime rules scheduled to become effective on December 1, 2016. This ruling delays implementation of the Final Rule (see our discussion of the Final Rule below) and preserves the status quo while […]

Changes Coming to Whistleblower Laws for Non-Profit Entities and Public Agencies

By Shari Lane Beginning January 1, 2017, Oregon’s public employee whistleblower laws will also apply to the employees and board members of any 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that receives public funds through a grant or contract. Affected employers must create and distribute a policy notifying their employees of these changes.  In addition, after January 1, 2017, […]

The City of Portland’s “Ban-the-Box” Plus Legislation

Beginning January 1, 2016, Oregon’s “Ban-the-Box” legislation prohibited Oregon employers from asking about criminal history prior to conducting an interview, or absent an interview, prior to making a job offer (unless one of the statutory exceptions applies). Effective July 1, 2016, Portland employers will be subject to even more stringent requirements. The basics for Portland […]

Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Requirements!

Will you be ready? As mentioned in our March 2nd Breaking News Alert, the minimum wage is going up. Governor Kate Brown signed the new minimum wage law on March 2, 2016. Below is a breakdown of the scheduled increases by county density: URBAN COUNTIES: (Includes: Portions of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington located inside Portland’s […]

Chiefly L&E – Winter 2016 Newsletter

Labor & Employment Law Legislative Changes and Proposed Changes If you’ve been reading the news, you know there were many legislative changes and proposed changes last year: mandatory sick leave, social media, non-competition agreements, criminal background checks, and overtime exemptions are just a few of the changes and proposed changes. With the ink still drying […]

Recreational Marijuana: Now What?

By Shari Lane It is important to understand the gravity of the situation facing Oregon and Washington employers, and to refrain from lighting up—er—making light of the problem. This article attempts to weed out frivolous comments, blow through the smoke screen of confusion, and hash out the options. Okay, we’re done being silly now. Washington’s […]

Young v. United Parcel Service: Employers May Have To Accommodate Pregnancy Restrictions

By Jens Schmidt and Shari Lane Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids a covered employer “to discriminate against any individual with respect to . . . terms, conditions or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s  . . . sex.” In 1978, Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (”PDA”), which added new […]

Oregon Intrastate Offering Exemption Quick Guide

by Lee Lashway Following is a “quick guide” to the key elements of the Oregon Intrastate Offering Exemption (“OIO”) added to the Oregon Administrative Rules on January 15, 2015. This guide is qualified by reference to the rules themselves, and is not intended to be and should not be construed to be statements of law […]