Veterans Day Mandatory Holiday for Oregon Employers

With Veterans Day (November 11) looming in the horizon, Oregon employers should plan to give the day off to eligible veterans in their workforce. Earlier this year, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 1 that requires companies to provide…
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EEOC Focuses on ADA and Sex Bias Lawsuits

Information gleaned from the filings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for its fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, shows a very decided emphasis on cases arising under the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") and…
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Private Offerings: SEC Proposes Amendments to Form D

This Client Update is the third segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the SEC's proposed…
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Private Offerings: SEC Imposes "Bad Actor" Limitations on Certain Private Placements

This Client Update is the second segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the rules…
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Private Offerings SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Proposes New Requirements

This Client Update is the first segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update, Part 1, focuses on the new…
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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Significant Land Use Decision Benefiting Developers

In a 5-4 decision last month in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the U.S. Supreme Court made a new contribution to constitutional land use law that could significantly impact the balance of power between developers and local…
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Faster Permitting for Infrastructure Projects May Be On Tap in Pacific Northwest

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the states of Oregon and Washington have signed a declaration creating the Pacific Northwest Regional Infrastructure (PNRI) team. The PNRI team will work to streamline the permitting process for…
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ACA Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements Delayed

On July 2, 2013, President Obama announced that implementation of the employer mandate and health care coverage reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be delayed until January 1, 2015.
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Form I-94s to Go Paperless (If Traveling by Air or Sea)

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started phasing in a "paperless" Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record for foreign nationals entering the United States in nonimmigrant status by air or sea. Foreign nationals traveling by land will…
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Portland City Council Passes Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance

On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance proposed by Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz, which requires Portland area employers to provide sick leave for their employees.
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Important Changes Affecting Commercial Real Estate in California

Commercial owners and tenants in California should be aware of new requirements with respect to disability access and energy use that take effect in 2013.
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FTC Finalizes Amendments to COPPA Rule

Do you run a website designed for kids? Or do you run a website designed for a general audience that you know collects information from children under the age of 13? Either way, you are likely aware that you must comply with the requirements of the…
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New Form I-9 Mandatory After May 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 for all new hires and re-verifications, but may continue to use…
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New H-1B Filings -- April 1st Deadline

April 1 through 5, 2013 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted).
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What Employers Can Learn from Petraeus's Downfall

We have all witnessed the instantaneous fall from grace of General David Petraeus, which snowballed from anonymous harassing emails sent to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley to implicating Petraeus's biographer Paula Broadwell to revealing the racy details…
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Diversity Lottery 2014 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2014 (DV-2014) beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at noon EDT, and ending Saturday, November 2, 2012, at noon EDT. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's…
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Sick Times in Seattle: A New Ordinance Provides Generous Leave for Seattle Employees

Beginning on September 1, 2012, a new law in Seattle will require certain employers to offer paid sick and safe time ("PSST") to employees who work within Seattle city limits. The Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance applies to all companies…
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Employers Should Continue Using Current Form I-9 to Verify Employment Eligibility

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should continue using the version of Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS website (dated 08/07/09) for purposes of verifying employment eligibility even…
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IRS Issues Guidance on $2,500 Health Flexible Spending Account Limit

The IRS recently issued helpful guidance in Notice 2012-40 on the $2,500 annual limitation on salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts ("FSAs"), effective beginning in 2013.
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JOBS Act Directs SEC to Lift Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 Offerings

The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules that remove the existing prohibition against general advertising and general solicitation in private…
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