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Off the Clock in Oregon but Maybe on the Hook
Despite Hollywood’s most recent high-profile case with Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, defamation cases are notoriously difficult to win and often susceptible to pretrial dismissal. Yet, a recent Oregon Supreme Court case—Lowell v. Wright—should have pr...
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Preparing for Summer: Oregon OSHA and Washington L&I Adopt New Excessive Heat and Wildfire Smoke Rules
The Pacific Northwest experienced record high heat temperatures and poor air quality due to wildfires the past few summers. Last year, Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules following a historic heat wave to protect workers from high heat and...
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Oregon Limits Settlement Agreement Terms Where Discrimination Alleged
Like Washington, Oregon now prohibits what used to be common terms in many employment dispute settlements. In particular, under a relatively new amendment to Oregon law, employers cannot insist that a nondisclosure, nondisparagement, confidentiality,...
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All Hair is Good Hair: An Update on the CROWN Act and State CROWN Acts
For years, American employers have enforced employee dress and grooming standards, some of which include standards on hairstyles. In the past, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has indicated that “race” includes more than the co...
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OT for Ag(ricultural) Workers – Oregon, Washington, and California
Agricultural ("ag") workers on the West Coast must now be paid overtime. Oregon The Oregon legislature passed what some called the “most divisive” bill of the short 2022 legislative session, requiring agricultural farmworkers to be paid overtime....
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Considerations for Employers Contemplating a Voluntary or Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy (February 2022 Update)
For a printable PDF version of this article, please click here. February 1, 2022 Update | Previous update published September 16, 2021 | Originally published December 31, 2020 (see below) Although litigation is still ongoing for some vaccine-relate...
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