Labor & Employment Advice
Every company— no matter its size or sophistication — will encounter employment issues. Successful and thoughtful resolution of those issues is critical. Tonkon Torp's relationship-based approach offers practical solutions to companies large and small, including writing policies, strategizing regarding growth or downsizing, managing employee relations, protecting competitive information and market positions, litigation mitigation advice, and dealing with union activity.

Counseling & Training

Legal compliance is an essential. Our attorneys help companies with local, state, and federal employment laws, to proactively protect and enhance our clients’ workplace culture, as well as minimize exposure to litigation.

Counseling and training programs include:

  • Developing and implementing appropriate policies, such as those related to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation

  • Wage and hour practices

  • State and federal leave compliance

  • The ADA and reasonable accommodations

  • The employee lifecycle, including application, hiring, evaluation, promotions/transfers, and separation

  • OSHA and workplace safety

  • Non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements

  • Employment contracts, executive compensation, and employee benefits

  • Closures, downsizing, and layoffs, including WARN compliance

  • Prevention of workplace theft and violence

  • Employee handbooks

  • Affirmative action plans

  • OFCCP audits

Labor Relations

We help employers navigate the full spectrum of labor relations and union issues, from collective bargaining and labor arbitrations to defending employers at the NLRB and in federal court. We effectively represent employers in connection with the following issues:

  • Labor relations and union avoidance

  • Unfair labor practice actions with the NLRB

  • Strikes and injunctions

  • Union organizing campaigns

  • Representation elections

  • Collective bargaining

  • Union grievances and labor arbitrations

  • Federal and state court injunctions

Tonkon Torp Secures Complete Victory – and Wins Attorneys’ Fees – in Employment Litigation Matter for Sunshine Retirement Living

In a very rare decision by a federal court, Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison won attorneys’ fees for the defense in a case alleging state and federal discrimination and retaliation claims. Morrison, along with local counsel from Troutman Pepper’s Atlanta office, defended Sunshine Retirement Living in the case brought by a former employee, before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Tonkon Torp Brings Attorney Power to Renewable Energy Transaction

Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here's how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.

Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman and Colin Geiger were victorious in defending Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a wage claims trial in the U. S. District Court in Portland. Find details and more featured cases here.

ADA Claim

Obtained a directed verdict at the close of a trial defending an ADA claim on behalf of employer/client. 

Case of First Impression

Successfully defended employer/client through summary judgment and successive appeals on a case of first impression regarding limitations on the reinstatement and reemployment rights for injured workers.

Champlin/GEI Management Company, Inc. v. Huseby

Defeated motion for temporary restraining order filed against executive in federal court based on alleged breach of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreement.

Class Action/Employment Law

Represented the nation's largest veterinary chain in a wage and hour class action in federal court in California, including substantial motions practice. (USDC Central District of California)

Collective Bargaining with the Oregon Nurses Association

Negotiated on behalf of public hospital to successful contract.

Confidentiality Agreement Dispute

Represented business owner in confidentiality agreement dispute. Matter was settled to client's satisfaction

Eashen Liu/Providence Physician Services Co.

Represented physician in negotiating employment agreement with regional healthcare provider.

Frances Du Ju v. Employer

Won summary judgment in federal lawsuit for race discrimination and retaliation filed by former employee of international staffing agency. 

Guydish v. U.S. Bakery

(King County, WA Superior Court/Washington Court of Appeals) – Defended successfully, in trial court and on appeal, a class action seeking unpaid overtime on behalf of route sales persons for a regional company.

Hamrick v. Employer

Obtained favorable settlement for local bakery in federal lawsuit filed by former employee for disability discrimination and FMLA interference.

Jes Shelton v. Employer

Obtained favorable settlement for local affiliate of international nonprofit housing organization in lawsuit filed by former employee in federal court for whistleblower retaliation. 

Kristie Merrill et al. v. Employer

Conducted internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment asserted by one former employee and two current employees of central Oregon healthcare provider.

Lightbourne v. Gresham Cosmetic Laser Center

Represented employer in termination litigation involving allegations of workers compensation and disability discrimination. Obtained favorable settlement of all claims.

Mary Christ v. Employer

Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practice charges filed against local day spa by former employee who claimed she was terminated for union activity.

Medical Use of Marijuana Reasonable Accommodation

Successfully obtained summary judgment on employer's obligation to reasonably accommodate medical use of marijuana which was upheld on by State Supreme Court.

Multi-Plaintiff Sexual Harassment Defense

Defended multi-plaintiff sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the EEOC, resulting in a dismissal of 2 of the plaintiffs and a favorable settlement with the remaining 4 plaintiffs.

Patricia Lewey v. Employer

Obtained favorable settlement for national veterinary hospital in case involving claims of wrongful constructive discharge and intentional infliction of emotional distress asserted by former employee.

Policy Development

Assisted international athletic footwear company with crafting and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with new child abuse reporting legislation.

Policy Development/Handbook Renew/Employee Training

Worked with client on policy development, handbook renew, and employee training information.

Representation of Municipal Ambulance Company

Represented a municipal ambulance company in regard to various employment and labor issues.

Sexual Harassment Defense

Defense verdict for client/employer in a sexual harassment claim by two female employees.

Shareholder Oppression Claims

Brought claims for minority shareholder oppression and employment discrimination. After obtaining partial summary judgment, we obtained a favorable settlement for our client.

Sorokina v. Employer

Obtained favorable settlement for local baker in lawsuit filed by former employee for age and gender discrimination and retaliation.

New Legislation is a Blow to Oregon Employers Relying on Noncompetition Agreements

In their most recent session, the Oregon Legislature passed, and Gov. Kate Brown signed into law, Senate Bill 169 (SB 169) – a bill which continues to erode the protections of noncompetition agreements for employers.
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Supreme Court Stays OSHA ETS and Oregon OSHA Halts Related Standard

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an emergency stay of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), holding that the parties challenging the ETS are likely to succeed on their…
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The State of Masking Requirements in Oregon

In a shifting landscape of federal and state rules, mandates, and legal challenges to them, Oregon employers may be wondering whether face masks and related requirements are still in effect. Until at least February 2022, Oregon requires individuals…
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What’s Next for Employee Vaccine Mandates?

Vaccination policy is a top concern for many employers and employees. The Biden White House has issued several rules requiring employees in a broad cross-section of industries to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but plaintiffs across the country have…
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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Halted Nationwide

A federal judge has temporarily halted enforcement of the White House’s directive that federal contractors impose a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in the workplace. Much like the OSHA emergency temporary standard for large employers and the…
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OSHA Extends Biden Vaccine Mandate Deadline for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The deadline for federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with President Biden’s rule regarding vaccines in the workplace has been extended an additional 30 days, to January 4, 2022.
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New Employer Requirements Under OSHA COVID-19 Rule

On November 4, 2021, OSHA released its long-anticipated rule related to COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace. The stated purpose of the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is to “address the grave danger of COVID-19 in…
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2023 DV Lottery Registration Open Oct. 6 to Nov. 9

Online registration for the 2023 DV Lottery (DV2023) opened Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and closes Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
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Breaking: Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers Forthcoming

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…
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Mandatory Vaccination Coming Soon for Oregon Healthcare Workers

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a new administrative rule following Governor Kate Brown’s recent announcement that Oregon’s vaccination requirement for healthcare workers will no longer offer a testing alternative. Instead, effective…
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New Requirements for Employers Under OSHA’s COVID-19 Rule

Concerned about how the new OSHA rule will affect you? Questions regarding enforcement and exemptions? Join Tonkon Torp attorneys Carlie Bacon and Erin Roycroft for an informative webinar outlining how to handle these new changes.
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Webinar: How to Handle Vaccine Mandates

The COVID landscape continues to be ever changing, and vaccine mandates only add another layer of complexity for employers. Join Labor & Employment Chair Kristin Bremer Moore and Partner Clay Creps as they discuss implementing policies surrounding…
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Annual Labor & Employment Event

Constantly shifting legal guidelines, economic uncertainty, professional challenges, and personal stress have made for a tough last 15+ months for employers. Tonkon Torp lawyers are here to help.
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How to Implement OR-OSHA's COVID-19 Rule

Join our Labor & Employment group on November 10 at 10:00 AM as we discuss OR-OSHA's Temporary COVID-19 Rule. OR-OSHA intends to adopt the Rule this week and, when adopted, many of its provisions will take effect 10 days after adoption. The Rule will…
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Coffee Break Series: Preparing to Reopen

Tonkon Torp's Coffee Break educational series for employers continues with a new batch of webinars. Each discussion will include a Q&A session with attendees. Join us for this informative series and be prepared for the next stage of our new normal.
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Labor and Employment: Coffee Break Series

Tonkon Torp has launched a Coffee Break educational series for employers and we hope you can join us. The series will focus on the challenges employers will face as they reopen their business.
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Legal Considerations for Reopening Businesses

Tonkon Torp employment lawyers Blerina Kotori and Megan Reuther will host the launch discussion in our new Tonkon Coffee Break educational series for employers.
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Webinar - FAQs for Employers in the COVID-19 Reality

On Friday, April 10, at 12:00 PM, Blerina Kotori and Clay Creps of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group will address Frequently Asked Questions in a webinar moderated by business attorney Sherrill Corbett.
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Tonkon Torp Welcomes Attorney Olivia Godt

Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes associate Olivia Godt to its Labor & Employment Practice Group.
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Carlie Bacon and Erin Roycroft Review New OSHA Vaccine Rule for Large Employers

On November 10, Tonkon Torp attorneys Carlie Bacon and Erin Roycroft led a webinar briefing on OSHA’S long-anticipated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for large employers.
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Four Attorneys Elected to Tonkon Torp Partnership

Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Adam Adkin, Karen Hobson, Christopher Morehead, and Ava Schoen to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022.
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U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication Ranks 36 Tonkon Torp Practice Areas for 2022

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2022 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is ranked among the nation's best for four business law categories: Land Use & Zoning Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities…
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Haley Morrison Explores Discovery at 2021 OSB L&E Boot Camp

Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison spoke at the 2021 Labor and Employment Law Boot Camp organized by the Oregon State Bar
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Tonkon Torp Welcomes Four Attorneys

Tonkon Torp LLP has welcomed four new attorneys to practice groups throughout the firm.
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Labor & Employment Attorneys Provide Update on Vaccine Rules for Healthcare Workers

On September 14, labor and employment partners Kristin Bremer Moore and Clay Creps hosted a webinar to brief healthcare employers on the recent vaccine mandates by Governor Brown and President Biden.
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Carlie Bacon Joins Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment Practice Group

Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes Carlie Bacon to the firm as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group. Bacon has substantial experience representing employers in state and federal court, and before regulatory agencies in numerous jurisdictions…
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Best Lawyers in America® Names 13 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2022 Ones to Watch List

Thirteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 13 practice groups have been selected to appear in Best Lawyers' 2022 Ones to Watch directory.
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Three Tonkon Torp Partners Named Portland Lawyer of the Year

Three Tonkon Torp partners have been named Portland Lawyer of the Year in their respective specialties by Best Lawyers in America 2022.
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