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Newest Opinion May Pave Way for Cannabis Industry Bankruptcy Protection
Continued federal prohibition of cannabis poses a significant road block for individuals and businesses who seek to file for bankruptcy protection, which is governed by federal law.
The Challenging State of Brand Protection in the Cannabis Industry
Trademark law in the U.S. protects “any word, name, symbol, or design, or any combination thereof, used in commerce” to identify one company’s goods or services from another, and to indicate the source of the goods or services. Protection is…
New Requirement for Noncompetition Agreements in Oregon
The Oregon legislature has added a new requirement for employers to enforce noncompetition agreements against their employees.
Washington State to Restrict Noncompetition Agreements
Nationwide there has been continued hostility toward noncompetition agreements for employees. A noncompetition agreement is an agreement entered into by an employee by which the employee (during employment and after) agrees not to compete with the…
New Wage Reporting Obligations for Large Employers Delayed
The ruling in the case required the Office of Management and Budget to grant a three-year approval of a revised EEO-1 form that would add new equal employment opportunity information to what the EEOC already collected from employers.
Lights Out: Ambiguous Arbitration Agreement Cannot Compel Class Arbitration
Employers' use of arbitration agreements continues to gain popularity.
Employer May Be Liable for Employee's Drunk Driving Accident Following After-Work Happy Hour
On March 14, 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court considered whether the immunity granted to social hosts from suits for injuries sustained by patrons or guests after voluntarily consuming alcohol under ORS 471.565(1) also bars suit against an employer or…
Department of Labor Again Seeks to Increase the Minimum Salary for Exempt Workers
Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks — again — to raise the minimum salary threshold for employees classified as exempt pursuant to one of the so-called "white collar…
Large Employers Have New Wage Reporting Obligations to the EEOC
A new decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has reinstated a requirement instituted by the EEOC in the last year of the Obama Administration for employers to report pay data. On July 14, 2016, the EEOC asked the Office of…
Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave - Legislation Introduced
As we predicted in an earlier article, the Oregon Legislature has introduced a bill (House Bill 3031) to provide paid family and medical leave for all Oregon employees. If passed, the Bill would enact the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Equity Act…
CBD Business and Regulation Focus - The 2018 Farm Bill
So, can you ship hemp across state lines now? Not without risk. The 2018 Farm Bill makes it possible to produce hemp in some states without violating federal law. Nevertheless, uncertainty remains for the hemp industry, as shown by recent efforts to…
New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1-5 Deadline
H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 1, 2019. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for FY2020 is April 1 through…
Are You Ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Oregon?
There are strong indications out of Salem that the upcoming session of the Oregon Legislature will see a bill regarding paid family and medical leave. The contours of such a bill are hazy and there is a lot we don’t know about how the leave would be…
Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Requirements to Start in 2019
In 2017, the Washington State legislature authorized a statewide insurance plan to provide paid family and medical leave to all Washington employees. Under the Paid Family and Medical Leave law, nearly all Washington employers must collect and remit…
OSHA's Memorandum Clarifies Anti-Retaliation Rule
In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule adding an anti-retaliation provision that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. The final…
2020 DV Lottery Registration Deadline is Nov. 6
There is still time to register for the 2020 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Lottery). Online registration for the DV Lottery began Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will end Tuesday, November 6…
"Production Minutes" Do Not Constitute "Piece Work" Under Washington’s Minimum Wage Law
On September 20, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court considered whether an employer’s payment plan that includes “production minutes” or actual clock time as an employee's metric, qualifies as a “piece-work plan” under Washington’s Minimum Wage Act…