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Aug 17 2017
Wage and Hour  

California Forces Employers to Grapple With Complex Pay Equity Requirements

Passed in 2015 and amended in 2016, California’s Fair Pay Act (FPA) is one of the toughest laws of its kind in the nation. California employers face much greater obligations under the FPA than ever before. The FPA is a complex law that expanded an older law that had been around…

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Aug 08 2017
Q&AWage and Hour  

Can employees volunteer to work?

Q: We’re working with new equipment and a few employees have asked us if they can volunteer to stay after their shift to learn how to use the new technology that operates the machines—should we let them?

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Jul 18 2017
WebinarLeave LawsWage and Hour  

Oregon legislative update webinars: 8/29/17

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10-11 a.m. Pacific / 1-2 p.m. Eastern (full) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Pacific / 3:30-5:30 Eastern (open for registration) The Oregon legislature recently ended a busy session, passing several employment bills that will bring big changes to Oregon employers. Get up to speed on what changes are coming and hear practical…

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Jun 02 2017
Harassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

Layoffs, job restructuring, and wage freezes no excuse for unequal pay

A furniture manufacturing company blamed tough economic conditions as the reason for paying three female managers less than their male counterparts, but a federal appeals court didn’t buy it.

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May 10 2017
Harassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

Internal complaints count as whistleblowing under Oregon law

Two employees complained to their supervisors about not getting paid overtime. In a groundbreaking decision from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, these employees were protected from retaliation under Oregon law.

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Apr 10 2017
Wage and Hour  

DOL gets more time to consider defense of overtime rule

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to wait until May 1, 2017, to file a written brief stating its position on a lower federal court’s blocking of the DOL’s overtime rule. As we previously reported, a federal district judge in Texas…

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Jan 03 2017
Q&ATermination & ResignationWage and Hour  

Can we deduct from a final paycheck for a missing laptop?

Q: We recently had to terminate a remote employee and he has refused to return his laptop. Can we take the cost of the laptop out of his final paycheck?

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Dec 27 2016
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Can employers prohibit supervisory level employees from discussing wages?

Question: We have a supervisor who won’t stop talking about his wages; can we stop him from doing this?

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Dec 21 2016
Wage and Hour  

Employer fined $1.1 million for wage and hour violations

An anonymous tip led the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to investigate a residential care company in San Diego. The investigation into the employment practices of Family Residential Care LLC and Del Cerro Assisted Living resulted in a $1.1 million fine for the employer.   The investigation revealed numerous violations of state laws on minimum…

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