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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...

BREAKING NEWS: Minimum Wage

A quick update from Shari Lane: Governor Kate Brown signed the new law on March 2, 2016. By 2022, Portland’s minimum will rise to $14.75, $13.50 in smaller cities and towns, and $12.50 in rural areas. The first increases will occur...

The Elephant in the Room

By Bob Steringer HLGR’s President and newly appointed Multnomah Bar President recently authored “The Elephant in the Room” for Multnomah Lawyer’s July/August 2015 edition. Click here to read the article.

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...

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  ....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Oregon Limited Liability Companies: Do I Need An Operating Agreement?

by Lee Lashway Limited liability companies (“LLCs”) have become a common choice of entity in Oregon in the 20-plus years since adoption of the Oregon Limited Liability Company Act (“Act”). LLCs are formed by filing Articles of Organization (“Articles”) with...

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