Here's what you should know.
When Drug Policies and Employment Privacy Rights Collide
In a case involving the city of Woodburn, the Ninth Circuit held that an employer's policy of requiring pre-employment drug testing was unconstitutional as applied to the particular position the prospective employee applied for.
Employer's Liability to Excluding Third Parties from Work Premises
In a case involving the University of Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals made a favorable ruling for employers who exclude outside persons from their work premises in response to complaints by employees.
Revisions and Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Department of Labor has released proposed revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") regulations.
Oregon's Domestic Partner Insurance Mandate
On February 5, 2008 the Oregon Insurance Division issued a bulletin mandating that all group health and life insurance policies issued or renewed in Oregon after March 31, 2008 include same-gender domestic partner coverage, if coverage is offered for…
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.
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…
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.
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?"