Equity Compensation

Thinking about offering equity compensation to your employees or independent contractors? Here is some of the information you need to know about securities laws in Oregon and Washington. Companies sometimes opt to provide profit interests, stock options, or other alternative compensatory benefits in exchange for services in addition to or in lieu of paying monetary […]

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Unpaid Interns

Arrangements between “for profit” companies and unpaid interns can lead to rewarding experiences for both parties. Interns benefit by receiving valuable real-world experience, mentorship, and connections. Companies get the opportunity to give back to students and help strengthen their industry. However, unpaid internships are not without issues and the legal landscape is shifting to require […]

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Is Your Copyright Safe Harbor Departing? Changes to the DMCA registration process.

Changes to the DMCA Procedure If your company offers a website, app or service that allows others to post content, or if you’re a content creator, you’re probably familiar with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Copyright Office recently adopted new rules that update the process that has been […]

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Summary of Oregon’s recent employment law changes

Happy New Year! Recently, Oregon enacted multiple new laws and amendments affecting employment practices in Oregon. To aid employers in reviewing their policies and related documents, we’ve provided updates on the recent changes to Oregon employment law effective in 2016. For more information, please contact our Employment Group at (503) 802-5533. Mandatory Sick Leave Senate Bill […]

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It May be Time Revisit Your Employee Handbook

I didn’t foresee the day when words like “disrespectful, rude, disruptive or inappropriate” when used in an Employee Handbook would potentially land a business in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The “what?” you say. The NLRB is the federal government agency charged with enforcing provisions of the National Labor Relations Act […]

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Boilerplate: Understanding those Miscellaneous Terms at the End of Every Contract

Have you ever had the experience of trying to read a contract while the person waiting for you to sign dismissively tells you those terms on the last couple pages are just boilerplate, as though they aren’t very important to the agreement? While that may be the common understanding, it just isn’t the case. Boilerplate […]

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501(c)(3) Application process has been simplified for certain entities.

Update: The early returns are in, and the Form 1023-EZ appears to be significantly speeding up the approval process for tax-exempt status. The average age of pending applications has decreased to approximately two months (at the time of the initial post, it was approximately nine months). Indeed, we have seen an organization receive approval of […]

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