One Week Until U.S. Employers Are Required to Use Revised Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced revisions to Form I-9, and has confirmed that use of the revised Form I-9 must be implemented by employers no later than December 26, 2007.
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More Changes to Oregon's Employment Laws

The countdown has started: 42 days until the New Year! In addition to the statutory revisions we discussed in our last issue, January 1, 2008 will bring the following changes to Oregon's employment relationships.
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Changes in Oregon's Employment Law

The new year marks the start of many important changes in Oregon's employment law.
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There's a New Domain Name in Town: DotAsia

The DotAsia community covers 73 countries in the Asia/Pacific region, including China, Japan, Australia, Philippines, India, Israel, Turkey.
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Preliminary Injunction Ordered by United States District Court: New DHS "SSA No-Match Safe Harbor" Final Rule Placed on Hold

On October 10, 2007, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new "Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter…
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Recent Developments in Immigration

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program ("DV Program"), also known as the "Diversity Lottery," is now open.
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New SEC Rules Require Internet Availability of Proxy Materials: Update of Notice and Access Model

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted amendments to the proxy rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
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Negligent Hiring and Retention

Employers must be careful about whom they hire and whom they continue to employ, particularly when an employee exhibits violent tendencies. In such cases, employers must act and act fast.
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New Rules for Retaliation Lawsuits

Employers frequently face the difficult task of investigating the poor performance of an employee who, coincidentally, has made complaints of discrimination or unlawful conduct.
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Follow Up to July 13th Immigration Update

We are pleased to announce that today the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has agreed to accept adjustment of status applications until August 17, 2007 at the pre-July 30 filing fee rates.
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Recent Developments in Immigration

In mid-June, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2007, listing all employment-based categories as current.
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New Law Adds Conditions to Arbitration Agreements Imposed by Employers

When the Oregon legislature passed new laws on noncompetition and arbitration agreements last month, most employers focused upon the new requirements for enforceability of noncompetition agreements, which we highlighted in a June issue.
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Are Your Employment, Consulting or Separation Pay Arrangements Subject to § 409A Tax Rules?

Action is required! The deadline for amending plans and agreements to comply with the new deferred compensation tax rules is December 31, 2007; companies that have not yet reviewed their arrangements in light of § 409A should do so now.
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Supreme Court Allows Superfund Cleanup Cost Recovery

On June 11, 2007, in U.S. v Atlantic Research Corp., the United States Supreme Court solved a portion of the puzzle that has confounded so-called potentially responsible parties (PRPs) since the Court's decision in Cooper Industries, Inc. v Aviall…
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Changes Imminent to Oregon Law on Noncompetition Agreements

Employers may soon bid farewell to the days when Oregon's test for enforceability of a noncompetition agreement was as simple as, "did the employee sign the noncompetition agreement upon initial employment or a subsequent bona fide advancement?"
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Deadline Extended for Resolution of Certain Measure 37 Claims

On May 10, 2007, Governor Kulongoski signed House Bill 3546, which extends the time period for government entities to decide certain Measure 37 claims from 180 to 540 days.
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If You Are an Employer Requiring Medical Tests of Job Applicants, Order Means Everything

You may be like many employers who require applicants to provide medical information as a part of the hiring process.
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Summer Help Wanted!

Are you thinking about hiring high school age employees for summer jobs? If so, remember that the employment of minors (ages 14-17) is heavily regulated, both under Oregon and federal laws. This is a quick list of things to keep in mind.
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Oregon Expands Employment Discrimination Laws to Protect Sexual Orientation

Last week the Oregon Senate cleared the way for Governor Kulongoski to sign into law the Oregon Equality Act, also known as Senate Bill 2.
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Beware of Pitfalls in Vetting Applicants for Employment: Background Checks

This week brought good news for the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate is at a five-year low with 180,000 jobs added in the month of March. As employers add new workers, many will struggle with establishing procedures for hiring.
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