Articles & Alerts

Recent Developments in the Law Will Have Significant Impacts on Employers

EMPLOYMENT ALERT Recent Developments in the Law Will HaveSignificant Impacts on Employers Medical Marijuana, Drug Testing, Genetic Testing, Discrimination and E-Verification of Employment Eligibility I. Accommodation of Medical Marijuana Use by Disabled Employees In Emerald Steel Fabricators, Inc. v. BOLI,...

New Federal Law Prohibits Discrimination by Employers Based on Genetic Information

BUSINESS ALERT New Federal Law Prohibits Discrimination by Employers Based on Genetic Information The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA” or “the Act”) was signed into law by President Bush on May 21, 2008. GINA arose out of concerns that advances...

New Federal Law Prohibits Genetic Discrimination in Health Insurance and Benefit Plans

INSURANCE LAW ALERT New Federal Law Prohibits Genetic Discrimination in Health Insurance and Benefit Plans The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA” or “the Act”) was signed into law by President Bush on May 21, 2008. GINA arose out of concerns...

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...

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...

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