Labor & Employment

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...

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...

Eugene Follows Portland’s Lead: Employers Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave

by Kate Grado The Eugene City Council passed a sick leave ordinance this week that affects most employers engaged in business in the City of Eugene. The Eugene ordinance, which is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015, requires that employers...

Executing Enforceable and Practical Non-Compete Agreements

by Jason Yarashes Savvy business owners realize the value of key employees. The savviest business owners consider the execution of a strong non-compete agreement with key employees to avoid costly fallout when key employees leave the business. The loss of...

NLRB Lays Its Notice Posting Rule to Rest

by Kate Grado What seems like ages ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a controversial rule that required a significant portion of private sector employers — both union and non-union — to post a notice informing employees of...

Veterans Preference: New Temporary Rule for Oregon Public Employers

by Kate Grado The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued a new temporary rule that addresses the veterans preference obligations of Oregon public employers. The temporary rule clarifies that job recruitment announcements for civil service positions must...

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Is your business prepared to comply with new requirements?

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule, which is effective on...

EEOC and Criminal Background Checks

by Shari Lane On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, shot and killed twelve people in a Navy Yard, and wounded many others. Mr. Alexis had a criminal history and history of serious mental illness, and human...

More Decisions on Social Media

by Shari Lane You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow the scope...