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Chiefly L&E: Winter Issue 2012

CHIEFLY L&E HLGR’s Quarterly Labor and Employment Law Bulletin (Winter 2012) This issue contains two articles addressing timely employment topics: employee/independent contractor misclassification; and record requirements for employer-provided cell phones. Summaries of some recent Oregon cases and a federal Ninth...

L&E Alert: Oregon’s Minimum Wage Will Increase to $8.80 As Of January 1, 2012

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Will Increase to $8.80 As Of January 1, 2012 Oregon’s minimum wage will be increased to $8.80 per hour, an increase of $.30 per hour, effective January 1, 2012. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)...

L&E Alert: Wage and Hour, Reasonable Accommodation, and Employee Right to Privacy Updates

This alert summarizes several recent court decisions addressing wage and hour statutes, reasonable accommodation, and employee right to privacy issues important to employers. Recent Decision Clarifies the Deadline for an Employee to File a Claim for Penalty Wages Russell v....

L&E Alert: NLRB Requires Posting by January 31, 2012

Final Rule Issued by the NLRB Requiring Posting of Notice of Employee Rights Effective January 31, 2012 (extended from original deadline of November 14, 2011), all private sector employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)– both union and...

Closely-Held Business E-News: New Frontiers in Internet Domain Names

New Frontiers in Internet Domain Names Expansion of domain name possibilities presents new frontiers and challenges for brand owners Brand owners should be aware of two recent actions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international...

Q&A: Compliance With Building Codes

by Jeffery J. Matthews Q: I inherited an office building that may not be up to code. How do I find out if it is code compliant and what should I do if it isn’t? A: First, search for records...

Supreme Court Affirms Employer Liability Under “Cat’s Paw” Theory

Supreme Court Affirms Employer Liability Under “Cat’s Paw” Theory In Staub v. Proctor Hospital, 562 U.S.___ (2011) LW 691244, Case No. 09-400 (March 1, 2011), the United States Supreme Court affirmed employer liability under the “Cat’s Paw” theory,1 which attributes...

New Washington Business and Occupation Tax

NEW WASHINGTON BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION TAX: MANY BUSINESSES OUTSIDE WASHINGTON MAY OWE NEW TAX Effective June 1, 2010, the State of Washington has changed its Business and Occupation tax (“B&O”) (Section 105, Chapter 23, Laws of 2010, 1st Special Session)....

Employment Law Alert: Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights

Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Privacy of Employee Personal Emails Accessed on Work Computer On March 30, 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., 201...

Employment Law Alert: Medical Marijuana Update / New Health Care Reform Law Provides Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Medical Marijuana Update/New health care reform law provides break time for nursing mothers Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Users Oregon State Supreme Court rules federal Controlled Substances Act preempts state law On April 15, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court...