Oregon Workplace Fairness Act

-OVERVIEW- Oregon SB 726, known as the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (the “OWFA”), was passed by the legislature in 2019, effective October 1st, 2020. The OWFA will require major changes to employee/employer agreements and discrimination policies.  Employers in Oregon should immediately review and update their policies and agreements based on the law’s provisions. The [...]

By |2020-09-30T21:20:25+00:00September 30th, 2020|Business, Employment, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on Oregon Workplace Fairness Act

2019 WA H.B. 1450 – (Washington State) Non-competition Covenants

OVERVIEW On May 8, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1450, a bill that effects substantial changes into the enforceability of non-compete covenants in the state of Washington. As the bill recites, the legislature found that “workforce mobility is important to economic growth and development,” and the bill introduces new limitations on the use of [...]

By |2019-09-04T18:05:01+00:00September 5th, 2019|Business, Contracts, Employment, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on 2019 WA H.B. 1450 – (Washington State) Non-competition Covenants

2018 IRS Partnership Tax Rules and Actions to Consider

The 2018 Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) partnership rules streamline the partnership audit process for the IRS, making it easier for the IRS to audit partnerships. The 2018 rules also create some planning opportunities for potential audits, as section 6223 of form 1065 now requires a partnership representative. In 2012, the IRS audited 27.1% of [...]

By |2020-06-05T20:23:07+00:00March 25th, 2019|Business, Legislative Updates, Tax, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2018 IRS Partnership Tax Rules and Actions to Consider

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00February 27th, 2017|Business, Employment, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on Unpaid Interns

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00January 21st, 2016|Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Summary of Oregon’s recent employment law changes

Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law

Recently, Oregon joined a growing number of cities and states adopting laws which provide for sick leave for employees. The new law which becomes effective on January 1, 2016 will apply to substantially all Oregon employers. However, only employers with ten or more employees will be required to provide paid sick leave. Employers with nine [...]

By |2015-09-29T18:40:29+00:00July 29th, 2015|Business, Employment, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law

Regulation A

The New Regulation A: Effective June 19, 2015 As the amended Regulation A (or Regulation A+ as it is often referred to) launches, many companies are enthusiastically wondering whether this powerful vehicle for raising funds could be right for them. Often described as a mini public offering, securities offered under Regulation A are exempt from [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00June 12th, 2015|Business, Fundraising, Legislative Updates, Raising Capital, Securities|Comments Off on Regulation A

New Rules for Health Insurance Waiting Periods Effective Jan 1, 2014

New Rules for Waiting Periods in 2014 An employer with a policy that requires a waiting period before an employee is eligible for health insurance coverage should review it to ensure they are compliant heading into 2014. Proposed rules implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would prohibit employers from imposing waiting periods of [...]

By |2015-11-25T17:08:42+00:00September 4th, 2013|Affordable Care Act, Business, Health Insurance, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on New Rules for Health Insurance Waiting Periods Effective Jan 1, 2014
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