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Photo of Lorraine Hoffman
Feb 23 2017
Employee BenefitsLeave Laws 

Paid sick leave under fire in Oregon

Nine Oregon counties have successfully sued the state, claiming that the Oregon sick leave requirements, which took effect on January 1, 2016, create an unfunded mandate and therefore violate the state constitution. This means that unless the state appeals the decision, the counties who brought the lawsuit don’t have to provide paid…

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Photo of Jackie Marks
Jan 24 2017
Q&AEmployee Benefits 

Should we appeal a Marketplace employer notice issued under the ACA?

We received a Marketplace notice in the mail, stating that one of our employees has enrolled in medical insurance coverage from the Marketplace and reported she was not offered health coverage from us. We admit that she wasn’t offered insurance, but only because she works 25 hours per week. Do we need to appeal the employer notice?

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Photo of Karen Davis
Nov 10 2016
Drug and AlcoholEmployee BenefitsLabor RelationsLeave LawsSafety and HealthWage and Hour 

Alert: 2016 ballot measures and election results will impact the workplace

With the November 8, 2016, election in our rear-view mirror, we’re reporting on three significant developments that will affect the workplace: California’s ballot measure on recreational marijuana, Washington’s ballot measure on paid sick leave and minimum wage, and the presidential election’s impact on recent federal employment law developments.

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Photo of Jackie Marks
Jun 14 2016
Q&AEmployee BenefitsWage and Hour 

Cash in lieu of benefits must be included in regular rate calculation for overtime

Question: We offer health benefits to our employees. We also allow employees to “opt out” of our offered coverage if they can provide evidence that they have alternate coverage elsewhere. For those employees who “opt out” of our offered coverage, we provide a set amount of money each month. Do we have to include that amount of money in the regular rate of pay and in the calculation of the overtime rate?

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Photo of Lorraine Hoffman
Jun 03 2016
Employee BenefitsLeave Laws 

Oregon BOLI updates regulations on social media, OFLA, and domestic workers

In response to 2015 changes to employment laws, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has finalized revised administrative rules regarding employees’ social media accounts, medical insurance during Oregon Family Leave, and domestic workers. Social Media: Employee Use and Privacy This revision clarifies that, not only is it an unlawful employment practice to…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
May 19 2016
Q&AEmployee BenefitsLeave LawsWorkers’ Comp 

Is an employee out on workers’ comp entitled to health insurance?

Q: Our employee was injured at work and he’s out on a workers’ compensation claim. Are we required to carry him on our health insurance plan since this was an on-the-job injury?

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Photo of Jon Benson
Jul 29 2015
Q&AEmployee BenefitsTermination & Resignation 

Can an employee who voluntarily quit still get unemployment benefits?

We just received a notice from the Employment Department letting us know that one of our former employees has filed for unemployment benefits. This employee voluntarily quit a few weeks ago; can he now qualify for unemployment?

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Apr 02 2015
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

How paying COBRA for departing employees may cause more harm than good

Did you know that paying COBRA health insurance premiums for separated employees may disqualify them from enrolling in private health insurance through the Federal health insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) or a state’s health Exchange (Exchange)?

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Photo of Karen Davis
Mar 16 2015
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform 

IRS gives small employers a break for paying individual health insurance premiums

Although the IRS has stated that reimbursing or paying the premiums for employees’ individual health insurance violates the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the agency is temporarily cutting some slack for small employers.

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Photo of Sean Brown
Dec 10 2014
Q&AEmployee BenefitsWage and Hour 

State sponsored programs provide good options to avoid layoffs and furloughs

Q: Our company needs to scale back operations for a few weeks while we complete a project at our facility. We don’t want to lose our skilled staff; are there any programs that would give them get access to unemployment benefits while we complete the project?

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