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Back to the Future
Jun 01, 2016
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This article was published in the Summer 2016 edition of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal. What’s the secret to professionalism? Senior U.S. District Court Judge Owen M. Panner once noted that it’s simply a matter of “looking back t...
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New Defend Trade Secrets Act Exposes Employers to Competitors’ Broad Seizure Remedies
May 24, 2016
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The Defend Trade Secrets Act’s broad protection for company trade secrets imposes substantial new burdens on employers to make sure that not only their employees but also their contractors do not expose employers to the broad seizure powers that comp...
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Safety First! New Regulations Require Public Reporting of Injury/Illness Reports to OSHA and Expand OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Tools
May 18, 2016
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Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its highly anticipated updated final rule on tracking workplace injuries and illnesses. The new rule requires covered employers to electronically submit workplace injury and i...
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Hiring a Valuable New Employee, or Buying a Lawsuit? Simple Steps Help Avoid Being Dragged Into Claims Based on Hiring
Apr 07, 2016
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We’ve seen an increase in lawsuits against a company by another company based on hiring the other company's former employee. These arise when the employee agreed with the former employer not to engage in various activities. The employee may be restri...
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"Show Me the Money!" New Oregon Laws Require Higher Pay and More Transparency
Mar 22, 2016
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Under two new wage laws, Oregon employers will have to comply with three separate minimum wages as of July 1, 2016, depending on the employer’s location, and then will have to provide all employees with additional information about how that pay was c...
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Everybody Out of the Pool: Ninth Circuit Determines That Only Customarily Tipped Employees May Participate in Tip-Pooling Arrangements Under Fair Labor Standards Act
Mar 01, 2016
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On February 23, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") prohibits employers from requiring employees to participate in tip-pooling arrangements that include both customarily tipped employees...
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