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BOLI Surprise Inspections: A Guide for Employers
Mar 25, 2024
By Ed Choi
Many Oregon employers may not be aware that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has the authority to conduct surprise, warrantless searches and inspections of employer premises and books to find violations of employment laws. While this program has been in place for many years, surprise inspections historically have not been a commonly used enforcement tool by BOLI. However, recent statements from the agency suggest a potential increased focus on surprise inspections and other enforcement actions, particularly against repeat offenders and employers previously cited for noncompliance.
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Washington Paid Sick Leave Alert: Construction Worker Definition Clarified by Washington Legislature
You may recall our alert just this January regarding a change to the sick leave rules that was uniquely applicable to Washington construction employers. See, Employment Law in Motion | The New Year Brings New Sick Leave Rules to Washington | Miller Nash LLP.
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Washington Expands Coverage of Its Noncompetition Statute to More Agreements
In 2019, Washington enacted a new statute limiting which employees can be covered by a post-employment noncompetition covenant, placing specific restrictions on such covenants. That statute explicitly excluded nonsolicitation covenants from coverage under the statute but defined nonsolicitation covenants ambiguously.
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Oregon Eliminates (Most of) OFLA in Favor of PLO, But OFLA Still Applies (Sometimes)
The Oregon Legislature has passed SB 1515, a long-awaited bill that mostly aligns pre-existing Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) and the new Paid Leave Oregon (PLO). Governor Kotek is expected to sign SB 1515 into law shortly, and SB 1515 contains an em...
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Bellingham Joins Other Washington Cities in Setting Its Own Higher Minimum Wage
Effective May 1, 2024, nonexempt employees working within the city limits of Bellingham must be paid at least $17.28 per hour—a dollar more than the state minimum wage requirement. In the November 2023 election, Bellingham voters approved a city ordi...
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Washington’s City of Renton Adopts Tukwila Minimum Wage Ordinance, Effective July 1, 2024
During the February 2024 special election, voters in the City of Renton, near Seattle, adopted a new minimum wage for anyone performing work inside the city limits of Renton, effective July 1, 2024. Renton essentially adopted the Tukwila Minimum Wage...
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