Oregon News & Analysis

  • Paid sick leave and minimum wages, oh my!

    Oregon has passed a paid sick leave law. A minimum wage hike isn't as likely this year.

  • Oregon may ban 'the box'

    The Oregon Legislature will likely send Governor Kate Brown a bill that prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to disclose criminal convictions prior to an interview.

  • Guidance for HR after EEOC's victory in Abercrombie religious bias case

    The U.S. Supreme Court sent employers a clear message in early June that a hesitance to accommodate an applicant's religion constitutes religious discrimination. The ruling against a major clothing retailer and in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) stance on what constitutes religious discrimination leaves employers in need of advice on when and how to accommodate employees' and applicants' religious beliefs and practices. Here's some guidance.

  • Hackers gonna hack: Know the security threats facing your business

    Almost anybody can be a hacker, and almost anyone (or any business) can be a target. To understand the threat hackers may pose to your organization, you need to understand what you are up against—who the hackers are, what they're doing, and why they're doing it.

  • 9th Circuit OK's gender as BFOQ for jobs in women's prisons

    Can a "women-only" limitation on certain jobs pass muster under federal law prohibiting sex discrimination? The answer: very rarely. A recent case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Oregon employers) provides guidance on the narrow exception, upholding Washington's right to reserve specific positions in its women's prisons for female candidates.

  • Agency Action

    EEOC launches digital pilot program. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in May that 11 of its 53 offices are beginning a pilot program called ACT Digital to digitally transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. This is the first step in the agencys move toward an online charge system that will streamline the submission of documents, notices, and communications. The system applies to private and public employers, unions, and employment agencies.

  • Workplace Trends

    Study finds employees want employer help on retirement planning. A study from financial services firm Northern Trust shows that employees favor their employers playing a more active role in their defined contribution retirement plans, but plan sponsors are reluctant to do so. More than 1,000 employees were surveyed, and they overwhelmingly favored employers providing tools to help determine if they are saving enough. But plan sponsors have reservations about encouraging specific levels of saving and providing projections of retirement savings or income for participants.

  • The day of reefer reckoning is upon us—but it doesn't change much

    On July 1, the possession and recreational use of marijuana became legal in Oregon. While that may result in a number of societal changes, it remains business as usual for employers.

  • Oregon employers may be surprised by Seattle minimum wage law

    Although some Oregon employers know they are covered by Seattle's minimum wage law and have begun preparations, others may be caught unawares.

  • 9th Circuit provides clarity on enforceable arbitration agreements

    If you have an arbitration procedure set out in your employee handbook, will you be able to keep claims out of court? Although the guidance from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Hawaii employers) can at times be confusing, a recent decision provided some clarity on the subject.