Services & Industries
J.D., cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2013
B.A., magna cum laude, Washington State University, 2010
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon
Chris is a partner in Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He works with local, regional, and national employers in such industries as banking, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and craft beverage, helping clients to solve complicated employment matters and comply with Oregon employment law. He has substantial experience representing employers in state and federal court, and before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor &Industries (BOLI) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offices across the United States.
Chris guides clients in navigating tricky legal obstacles by drafting and revising employment policies to keep employers up-to-date with Oregon’s ever-changing employment laws. He also counsels frontline managers and HR professionals on avoiding lawsuits thorough the implementation of meaningful hiring and progressive disciplinary practices.
Chris graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was the Lead Articles Editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Washington State University.
Community Involvement & Activities
Multnomah Bar Association
Membership Committee, Former Member
Pro Bono Committee, Former Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Brewer’s Guild
Beverage Industry Networking Group
Thirty-one Tonkon Torp attorneys in 11 practice areas have been included in the 2022 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Adam Adkin, Karen Hobson, Christopher Morehead, and Ava Schoen to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022.
Thirteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 13 practice groups have been selected to appear in Best Lawyers’ 2022 Ones to Watch directory.
Tonkon Torp attorney Chris Morehead led a session on the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (OWFA) during the annual Labor & Employment Event, held virtually on June 9. During his session, Chris unpacked key elements of the OWFA, which was passed to address workplace concerns raised by the #MeToo movement.
Thousands of volunteers from the community have stepped up to help in the historic effort to immunize Oregonians against COVID-19. Included in these ranks are attorneys Sadie Concepción, David Forman, Bob Koch, and Christopher Morehead.
The Biden Administration is set to announce sweeping COVID-19 vaccination requirements that will affect large employers and millions of employees across the country. The mandate extends to all employers with more than 100 workers, requiring such employers to ensure their workers are either vaccinated or, alternatively, tested for the virus on a weekly basis.
It has been just over two years since Governor Brown signed the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (OWFA) into law on June 11, 2019.
On November 6, 2020, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OR-OSHA) adopted the Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the Rule) aimed at addressing the effects of the pandemic on the workplace. Unless otherwise indicated, the Rule’s provisions will take effect 10 days after adoption – on November 16. OR-OSHA is issuing helpful materials to assist employers to comply with the Rule, change, and, for that reason, Oregon employers should monitor OR-OSHA’s webpage closely and/or sign up for their email alerts here.
Don’t Forget to Update Your Anti-Discrimination Policies: Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Goes into Effect October 1, 2020
Although it may be the understatement of the century, a lot has happened in Oregon in 2020. An employer could be forgiven for overlooking that SB 726 – the Workplace Fairness Act (WFA) – goes into effect on October 1, 2020, nearly 16 months after it was signed into law by Governor Brown.
As previously discussed, a New York court recently struck four provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ruling left many employers outside of New York wondering the extent to which the decision impacted them. Significantly, the Department of Labor (DOL) acknowledged that it viewed the ruling as applying to all employers covered by the law, not just those in New York.
Publications & Presentations
“Breaking: Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers Forthcoming,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2021
“Time to Check in on Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, July 2021
“Complying with the Workplace Fairness Act,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, June 2021
“Oregon OSHA Finalizes Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, November 2020
“Oregon OSHA’s New COVID-19 Rule,” November 2020
“FFCRA Update: DOL Revises Rules In Response to Court Ruling,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2020
“FFCRA Update: Court Strikes Four Employer-Friendly Rules,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2020
“Oregon OSHA Releases Proposed Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, August 2020
“Learning Pods as a Pandemic-Era Education Choice – Where to Start,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, August 2020
“Enforcing Pandemic Workplace Policies to Keep the Workplace Safe,” July 2020
“Reopening the Pacific Northwest: A Checklist for Employers,” Tonon Torp Legal Update, May 2020
“Managing Thorny COVID-19 Leave Issues,” May, 2020
“New DOL Guidance on Joint Employers, Summer School Closures, and Domestic Workers,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, May 2020
“Governor Releases Phase One Reopening Guidance for Oregon Employers,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, May 2020
“Further DOL Guidance on Interaction Between EPSL, EFMLA, and Employer-Provided Leave,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020
“OSHA Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Recordkeeping, Work-Relatedness Determinations,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020
“Emergency Paid Leave: An Overview of the Families First Act,” The Oregon Brewers Guild, B.I.N.G., and The Caputo Group, April 2020
“Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2020
“Oregon Employers: Remember Your Employee Leave Obligations as COVID-19 Spreads,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2020
“Brewers Beware: BOLI’s New Interpretation of Overtime Rules,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, March 2017
“Romance at Work? Brew up a Love Contract,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, February 2017
“Three Craft Beverage Workplace Law Changes Under Trump,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, January 2017
“Three Biggest Workplace Law Concerns for Breweries and Brewpubs,” craftbrewingbusiness.com, December 2016
“Holiday Parties: Three Ways to Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, December 2016
“Tackling OSHA Inspections: Lessons from Current and Former Northwest Football Coaches,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, November 2016
“The Gig Economy: How Will it Impact the Craft Beer Industry?” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, October 2016
“Law Changes Oregon Beer Employers Need to Know,” Oregon Beer Growler Magazine, September 2016
“As Summer Temps Increase, So Do Legal Obligations,” Daily Journal of Commerce, June 2016
“Hiring and Firing,” Sterling Education Services Employment Law Update, June 2016
“Rightful Discharge,” Paychex Seminar, May 2016
“You’re Living in a Fantasy World if You Think Your Employees Aren’t Playing Fantasy Football,” Vancouver Business Journal, September 2015