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Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employer Liability

The United States Department of Labor issued its Final Rule on Joint Employer Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new Rule, which will become effective March 16, 2020, is a departure from the legal interpretation adopted by the Obama…
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H-1B Cap Electronic Registration: March 1-20, 2020

USCIS has announced that it will utilize a new electronic registration process for FY2021 H-1B cap petitions. Registrations must be submitted from March 1 through March 20, 2020. USCIS will charge a $10 registration fee.
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SEC Proposes Amendments to Advertising and Solicitor Rules

On November 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced proposals to amend Rules 206(4)-1 and 206(4)-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Act). The proposed amendments are aimed at modernizing these rules.
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2021 DV Lottery Registration Oct. 2 to Nov. 5

Online registration for the 2021 DV Lottery (DV2021) begins Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will end Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
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DOL Increases Salary Basis Test for Exempt Workers

After five years of fits and starts — which we covered here, here, here, and here — the federal Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized its regulations related to the salary basis test for the so-called white collar exemptions to overtime. Effective…
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California Independent Contractor Statute

The topic of independent contractors has been at the forefront of late, with both the Department of Labor and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries taking a keen interest in reviewing independent contractor relationships and enforcing wage and…
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Oregon's Workplace Fairness Act

The landscape of laws regulating the employment relationship in Oregon seems to be constantly changing. Another big change occurred with the enactment of the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act.
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New Requirement for Noncompetition Agreements in Oregon

The Oregon legislature has added a new requirement for employers to enforce noncompetition agreements against their employees.
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Washington State to Restrict Noncompetition Agreements

Nationwide there has been continued hostility toward noncompetition agreements for employees. A noncompetition agreement is an agreement entered into by an employee by which the employee (during employment and after) agrees not to compete with the…
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New Wage Reporting Obligations for Large Employers Delayed

The ruling in the case required the Office of Management and Budget to grant a three-year approval of a revised EEO-1 form that would add new equal employment opportunity information to what the EEOC already collected from employers.
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Lights Out: Ambiguous Arbitration Agreement Cannot Compel Class Arbitration

Employers' use of arbitration agreements continues to gain popularity.
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SEC Adopts Disclosure Modernization Amendments

The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted useful housekeeping rule amendments that reduce outdated, redundant, and unnecessary disclosures.
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Employer May Be Liable for Employee's Drunk Driving Accident Following After-Work Happy Hour

On March 14, 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court considered whether the immunity granted to social hosts from suits for injuries sustained by patrons or guests after voluntarily consuming alcohol under ORS 471.565(1) also bars suit against an employer or…
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Department of Labor Again Seeks to Increase the Minimum Salary for Exempt Workers

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks — again — to raise the minimum salary threshold for employees classified as exempt pursuant to one of the so-called "white collar…
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Large Employers Have New Wage Reporting Obligations to the EEOC

A new decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has reinstated a requirement instituted by the EEOC in the last year of the Obama Administration for employers to report pay data. On July 14, 2016, the EEOC asked the Office of…
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Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave - Legislation Introduced

As we predicted in an earlier article, the Oregon Legislature has introduced a bill (House Bill 3031) to provide paid family and medical leave for all Oregon employees. If passed, the Bill would enact the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Equity Act…
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CBD Business and Regulation Focus - The 2018 Farm Bill

So, can you ship hemp across state lines now? Not without risk. The 2018 Farm Bill makes it possible to produce hemp in some states without violating federal law. Nevertheless, uncertainty remains for the hemp industry, as shown by recent efforts to…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1-5 Deadline

H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 1, 2019. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for FY2020 is April 1 through…
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Are You Ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Oregon?

There are strong indications out of Salem that the upcoming session of the Oregon Legislature will see a bill regarding paid family and medical leave. The contours of such a bill are hazy and there is a lot we don’t know about how the leave would be…
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Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Requirements to Start in 2019

In 2017, the Washington State legislature authorized a statewide insurance plan to provide paid family and medical leave to all Washington employees. Under the Paid Family and Medical Leave law, nearly all Washington employers must collect and remit…
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