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