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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Time for Spring Cleaning

Spring is a great time to conduct an internal review to ensure that your workplace policies and procedures are being properly followed.
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Will Congress Short Circuit an Employer's Right to Union Elections?

The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2007. This Act would dramatically change union organizing and collective bargaining over first time labor agreements. If it passes, the EFCA…
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Supreme Court Eliminates Obstacle to Declaratory Relief in Patent Cases

If you are a party to a patent license agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier to go to court to test the validity of the patent or whether a licensed product would actually infringe the patent.
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Deadline to File Certain Measure 37 Claims is December 2, 2006

Oregon's Ballot Measure 37 (now codified as ORS 197.352) took effect on December 2, 2004.
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