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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 […]

Oregon Intrastate Private Offering Exemption: Securities-Based Crowdfunding in Oregon, at Last?

by Lee Lashway Oregon is on the verge of joining a small number of other states in charting a path for its small businesses looking to raise a relatively small amount of capital through the sale of securities to a broader range of potential Oregon investors. On November 14, 2014, the Oregon Division of Finance and […]

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 […]