Labor & Employment Attorney

Attorney Shari Lane has over fifteen years’ experience navigating the complexities of Federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, and serves as vice chair for our labor and employment group.

Shari’s practice focuses on advising business owners, managers, and human resources professionals on personnel matters from the beginning of the employment relationship to the end: recruiting and hiring best practices, and onboarding; contracts and personnel policies; documentation for effective employee management, promotion, and discipline; disability accommodation, medical leave, sick leave, workers’ compensation, and wage and hour issues; and separation from employment and post-termination action.

Shari also provides management training, and conducts and assists management in conducting internal investigations of employee complaints, claims, and disputes. She also regularly represents employers in administrative agency complaints and audits.

Shari’s advice and representation is practical and down-to-earth, drawing on her experiences as a business owner, employer, and former Bureau of Labor & Industries Operations Manager.

When not helping clients, Shari can be found at home in Beavercreek caring for her dogs, chickens, and honey bees, or writing children’s stories.

How I Serve Clients

The calls I get sound like this:

“You’ll never believe what just happened…”

“We just got served with a BOLI complaint, and I don’t know what to do…”

“I’m at my wit’s end…”

By the time a manager contacts the company’s attorney, she’s feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. By the time an HR professional calls me for help, he’s already tried all the tools at his disposal. I offer a friendly and sympathetic ear, and then we get to work to solve the problem. The goal is legal compliance (of course!), but also practical solutions that make sense for your business or organization. We can do this – together.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Oregon District Court

Professional Recognition and Memberships

  • OSB Labor and Employment Section
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon Child Development Coalition (Head Start), Board Chair
  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School
  • M.A. (Classics), University of Washington
  • B.A. (Comparative Literature), University of Oregon’s Honors College

Publications

  • “Recreational Marijuana: Now What?” (April 2015)
  • “Young v. United Parcel Service: Employers May Have To Accommodate Pregnancy Restrictions,” (April 2015)
  • “Say What? NLRB Decisions Regarding Confidentiality, Respectful Workplace, and Non-Disparagement Policies,” (November 2014)
  • “Five People Questions: Job Changes, Sick Leave, Talk, Vacation, and %*#$!,” Interview published in Law Office Administrator and Medical Office Manager (2011)
  • “American Law Firm Association Employment Law Compendium,” served as Ninth Circuit Editor (2007 – 2009)
  • “Covenants Not to Compete in a Competitive World Market,” ALFA International Business Litigation Update (2009)
  • “Hiring Contract Work,” Portland Business Journal (2009)
  • “Depression and Other ‘Invisible’ Disabilities,” Legal Management News (2008). Also published in Oregon Business (2007)
  • “’Regarded as Disabled’ – The Problem with Assumptions,” Legal Management News (2007)
  • “The Law Weighs in on Obesity Stereotypes,” Oregon Business (2006)
  • “Answering BOLI Claims,” Oregon Farm Bureau Farm Employer Education & Legal Defense Service Newsletter (2006)

Presentations

  • “To Be or Not To Be . . . An Employer: Contracting in the Age of Uber and Lyft,” City Club of Portland Panel Member (May 2018)
  • “How Local Businesses Are Adjusting to Mandatory Requirements,” City Club of Portland Panel Member (February 2017)
  • “Exempt versus Non-Exempt,” Hosted by Retirement Connection, Oregon Health Care Association, and Medical Staffing Network (November 2016).
  • “Leaves of Absence,” HR Google Group hosted by Trillium Family Services (April 2016).
  • “Documentation & Discipline,” Portland Human Resources Management Association (January 2016).
  • “Workplace Accommodations,” Northwest Public Power Association (October 2015).
  • “Supervision, Documentation, Discipline and Termination,” Oregon State Bar’s Professional Liability Fund Employment Practices for Lawyers CLE (May 2015).
  • “Legal Hiring: Get it Right from the Get-Go,” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries Annual Employment Law Conference (November 2014).
  • “Documentation and Discipline: Best Practices,” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries Annual Employment Law Conference (December 2013).
  • “Documentation and Discipline: Best Practices,” Easter Seals Business Advisory Council (April 2013).
  • “Lawful Terminations,” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries Annual Employment Conference (November 2012).
  • “Administrative Agency Complaints,” National Association of Legal Professionals (April 2012).
  • “The Employer’s Guide to Civil Rights and Workplace Harassment,” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries day-long seminar (2010 and 2011).
  • “The Year’s Most Bizarre Employment Laws,” The Commerce Company (October 2010).
  • “Retaliation Litigation,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Conference in San Francisco, California (July 2009).
  • “Screening, Hiring, and Interviewing,” CLE presented by Professional Liability Fund (May 2009).
  • “Medical Leave, Disability Laws, and Workers Compensation: Navigating the Maze,” Seminar hosted by the Oregon Nurses Association (April 2009).
  • “Employment in 2008: Are You Ready?” Seminar hosted by CVK, The Commerce Company, and JD Bean & Associates (January 2008).
Shari’s community involvement includes volunteering with an Oregon food bank partner and with JOIN “Connecting the Street to a Home.” Shari is also the Chair of the Oregon Child Development Coalition.