Here's what you should know.
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.
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.
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…
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.