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Top Five Bills Impacting Oregon Employers

Five significant employment-related bills have been signed into law so far this legislative session. Some of these bills were a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the bills will have a substantial impact on how employees are treated by…
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Ninth Circuit Case Notes

Loan Servicer Accessing Credit Reports Does Not Violate FCRA Despite Bankruptcy Discharge Marino v. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, 978 F.3d 669 (2020) In another loss for plaintiffs and attorneys seeking relief under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA…
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Those Mask Rules Just Keep Changing

Well, we just issued a Tip yesterday telling you that despite the CDC and Governor Brown saying no masks are required in public places for vaccinated people, Oregon OSHA still requires you to have them at work. Not so fast, says the Oregon Health…
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Oregon Employers: Masks Still Required at Places of Employment

By now, most of you are aware of the guidance issued by the CDC, which has rescinded the mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals in public settings, both outdoors and indoors, with limited exceptions.
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USCIS Suspends Biometrics Collection for I-539 Applications for H-4, L-2, E Nonimmigrants

On May 3, 2021, as a result of litigation challenging processing delays, USCIS agreed that it will issue a policy to temporarily suspend biometrics requirements for I-539 applicants requesting an extension of stay or change of status for H-4, L-2…
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Travel from India to the U.S. Restricted Starting May 4

The Biden Administration issued a Proclamation on April 30, 2021, adding India to the list of COVID-related travel bans.
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Is Selling a Viable Option with an Unresolved PPP Loan on the Books?

When the second round of PPP funding became available in January 2021, our firm saw a significant drop off in the number of clients seeking a second PPP loan. I view this is a positive indication that the first round did its job, and that we are in a…
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The Impact of PPP Loans, One Year Later

When the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was announced in March 2020, we worked with many of our business clients to secure a PPP loan in the first, fastest, and most competitive round of lending by the Small Business Association (SBA…
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Update on Proposed Oregon Legislation – What Employers Need to Know

For this second installment in our legislative update series we have a status report on the employment-related bills discussed in our previous alert, as well as a survey of the bills that have since been introduced related to the employment arena.
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What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which became law on March 11, 2021, extends the incentive to employers to provide paid time away from work for COVID-related reasons.
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PPP Round 2: Nonprofit Eligibility, Application Deadline, and Tax Impacts

Shortly before the end of the bizarre and painful 2020 calendar year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the Act) was signed into law, providing an additional $284 billion appropriation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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Business Transition Planning in a Pandemic

It is an open secret that many business owners, no matter how organized, regularly neglect an important task—developing their exit strategy.
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Public Company Disclosures in a Climate-Change Focused World

As society reckons with the enormous danger of climate change, there is no question that corporations must take responsibility for their contributions to rampant global warming, while working to reduce their emissions. For public companies or those…
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COVID-19 Hangover: Should You Go Ahead with Plans for a Transaction in 2021?

By all accounts, 2020 was a challenging year and M&A activity was certainly no exception. In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic and its related lockdowns, many M&A deals were thrown into turmoil. As the year progressed, and pandemic-related…
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PPP Round 2: Who Is Eligible, What Expenses Can Be Paid, And What Is the Tax Treatment?

Shortly before the end of the bizarre and painful 2020 calendar year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the Act) was signed into law, providing an additional $284 billion appropriation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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SEC Division of Examinations Announces 2021 Priorities

On March 3, 2021, the Security and Exchange Commission’s Division of Examinations (formerly the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, now either “the Division” or “EXAMS”) announced its fiscal year 2021 examination priorities.
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SEC Publishes Revised Investment Adviser Marketing Rule, Effective May 4, 2021

At long last, the SEC has finally published its Revised Investment Adviser Marketing Rule. effective as of May 4, 2021. Investment advisers will have 18 months following the effective date, or until November 4, 2022, to come into compliance with the…
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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: The Ultimate Corporate Finance Tool

COVID-19 ushered in a volatile economic climate that has made it difficult for many companies to meet their debt obligations.
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H-1B Lottery Updates for Fiscal Year 2022

On February 5, 2021 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced H-1B Cap Registrations for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) lottery will be accepted from March 9, 2021 (noon Eastern) through March 25, 2021 (noon Eastern). USCIS…
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Biden Administration Executive Orders Impact International Travel

The Biden Administration issued a Proclamation on January 25, 2021 reinstating the COVID-related travel bans put in place and slated to be lifted on January 26, 2021 by the Trump Administration.
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