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Governor Kulongoski Signs Legislation Modifying Oregon's Mini-COBRA

In previous alerts, we informed you about changes to COBRA affected by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA").
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Court Clarifies ADA Requirements

Last month U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown made a ruling that adds some clarity to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Oregon Disability Law. In Neal v. Kraft Foods…
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Recovery Act Model COBRA Notices Now Available

The Department of Labor has now posted model notices and corresponding instructions in their web site.
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The IRS and Department of Labor post forms, facts, and clarifications of changes to COBRA as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Last week, we notified you of the substantial changes to COBRA resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act").
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Significant Changes to COBRA Take Effect Immediately Under the New Recovery Act

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Recovery Act").
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New H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline

April 1, 2009 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). USCIS may soon announce a longer filing window, as it did last…
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Proposed Amendments to the ADA

Last week, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bill that significantly expands workplace protections for Americans with disabilities.
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Supreme Court Decisions Likely to Result in Increased Number of Retaliation Claims

In two decisions issued on the same day at the end of May, the Supreme Court ruled that employees are protected from retaliation when they complain about discrimination in the workplace, adopting a broad interpretation of workers' rights under two…
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Department of Homeland Security Responds to SSA No-Match

In October, we told you that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted an injunction against the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new "Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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Employment Law Changes in the New Year

The New Year has arrived! This means that all the statutory changes we discussed in our last two issues are now in full effect.
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More Changes to Oregon's Employment Laws

The countdown has started: 42 days until the New Year! In addition to the statutory revisions we discussed in our last issue, January 1, 2008 will bring the following changes to Oregon's employment relationships.
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Changes in Oregon's Employment Law

The new year marks the start of many important changes in Oregon's employment law.
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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…
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