Labor & Employment

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...

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...

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...

Minimum Wage Will be $7.95 as of January 1, 2008

EMPLOYMENT ALERT MINIMUM WAGE WILL BE $7.95 AS OF JANUARY 1, 2008 Oregon’s minimum wage will be increased to $7.95 per hour, an increase of $.15, effective January 1, 2008. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries established the new...

News for Oregon Employers from the 2007 Legislative Session

EMPLOYMENT ALERT News for Oregon Employers from the 2007 Legislative Session Oregon’s 2007 Legislative Session was eventful and evidenced different priorities than in years past. Now that the session is over, it is time to learn about the new requirements....

Recent Decision Opens Door for Employees to Sue for Wages for Rest Periods Worked

EMPLOYMENT ALERT Recent Decision Opens Door for Employees to Sue for Wages for Rest Periods Worked On June 13, 2007, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a decision that opens the door for employees and former employees to sue for...

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