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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 Christine Meadows
Jan 09 2017
Q&ALeave Laws 

Oregon Sick Leave law: Are we required to provide more time off?

Q: We give employees the choice of whether to apply paid time to sick leave absences or hold on to it for vacation. Several employees used up all of their protected leave for vacation, but now they’re calling in sick. Do we have to give them more time off for sick leave or can we count the absence under our attendance policy?

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Photo of Sean Brown
Nov 14 2016
Q&ALabor RelationsSafety and HealthWage and Hour 

Q&A: Are employees’ social media posts on wages and safety protected?

Question: All our employees make more than minimum wage, but we had an employee go on social media and say, “Minimum wage for this work?! How are we supposed to live off that?!” A number of other employees commented on the post and a few complained about a recent safety incident. Can we discipline the employee who lied about his pay? What can we do to address this?  

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Photo of Jackie Marks
Sep 28 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Posting anti-harassment policy is not enough – training also necessary

Even though an employee failed to report ongoing sexual harassment by her supervisor or to make use of the posted complaint process, a recent court decision will allow her sexual harassment claim to proceed to trial. The employee, along with many others, stated she had no knowledge of the workplace…

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Photo of Karen Davis
Sep 21 2016
Q&ASafety and HealthWorkers’ Comp 

Q&A: Can we discipline for failure to promptly report an injury?

Question: Today an employee said she hurt her back at work three days ago. Our policy requires immediate reporting of work-related injuries. Can we write up the employee for failing to promptly report her injury?

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Photo of Jodi Slavik
Sep 14 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Prompt investigation saves employer from harassment liability

In a nod to the value of HR professionals, a federal district court in Tennessee dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case against Autozone, finding that the company did enough to stop alleged harassment by a store manager. How did the company address allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace? In…

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Photo of Jackie Marks
Sep 01 2016
HiringImmigration 

Increased penalties for immigration related violations now in effect

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a rule change, effective August 1, 2016, that substantially increases the possible penalties for immigration related violations. Although the change took effect on August 1, it allows the agency to issue the higher fines for any violations that occurred after November 2,…

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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 Karen Davis
Dec 18 2015
Leave Laws 

Final Oregon paid sick leave rules and notices have been published

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently published final rules on the new Oregon paid sick leave law, which takes effect on January 1, 2016.

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Photo of Christine Meadows
Dec 16 2015
Q&ALeave Laws 

Does the Oregon Sick Leave law require us to provide more time off?

Q: Can I use my existing paid time off policy to comply with the new Oregon Sick Leave law without adding any additional time off?

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