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Supreme Court Overturns Decision That Allowed Employees to Sue for Wages for Missed Rest Periods

EMPLOYMENT ALERT Supreme Court Overturns Decision That Allowed Employees to Sue for Wages for Missed Rest Periods In Gafur v. Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, plaintiffs brought a class action lawsuit alleging that their employer owed them wages...

Oregon Government Ethics Commission Revises its “Guide for Public Officials”

Government Ethics Alert Oregon Government Ethics Commission Revises its “Guide for Public Officials” On April 3, 2008, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (Commission) unveiled its new edition of the “Guide for Public Officials.” ORS 224.320 requires the Commission to prepare...

Navigating the Oregon Government Ethics Commission’s Gift Rules

Government Ethics Alert Navigating the Oregon Government Ethics Commission’s Gift Rules New ethics laws became operative on January 1, 2008, so all public officials in Oregon (whether elected, employed or volunteer) should be familiar with these requirements that affect their...

The Effect of Senate Bill 10 on Public Contracts

Government Ethics Alert The Effect of Senate Bill 10 on Public Contracts Senate Bill 10 (OR Laws Ch. 877 (2007)) made some big changes to the state’s government ethics laws. One change that worries many public officials is located in...

FMLA Expanded to Provide Protected Leave for Military Families

Employment Alert FMLA Expanded to Provide Protected Leave for Military Families On January 28, 2008, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was expanded in order to provide protected FMLA leave for employees: (1) who have a qualifying exigency due...

Court Lifts Stay of Domestic Partnership Law–Law Now in Effect

EMPLOYMENT ALERT COURT LIFTS STAY OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW – LAW NOW IN EFFECT On February 1, 2008, the U.S. District Court issued its ruling in the case brought by the Alliance Defense Fund challenging the Secretary of State’s ruling...

Medical Bill Write-Offs

“OADC amicus brief in Cohens v. McGee“ – For many years, trial courts in Oregon have wrestled with the question of whether an injured plaintiff can collect damages for amounts that a health care provider initially charges for treatment, but which are...

Domestic Partnership Law Placed on Hold by Lawsuit

EMPLOYMENT ALERT DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW PLACED ON HOLD BY LAWSUIT House Bill 2007 (HB 2007) was passed by the Oregon Legislature during the 2007 legislative session. The legislation would grant same-sex domestic partners rights, benefits and duties that are similar...

Multnomah County Circuit Court: Port of Portland v. OCEH

The Multnomah County Circuit Court today granted a summary judgment motion filed by Harrang Long on behalf of the Port of Portland in a case involving application of the attorney-client privilege to public records. The court determined that a joint defense agreement...

Seven HLGR Attorneys Named in 2007 Super Lawyers® List

We are proud to announce that Bill Gary, Glenn Klein, Susan Marmaduke, Frank Moscato, Jim Mountain, Sharon Rudnick and Mark Wada have been selected as Super Lawyers® in Oregon Super Lawyers® magazine. The Super Lawyers® selection process is a combination of balloting, blue ribbon panel review and independent research. For...

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