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Jul 05 2018
Q&AHarassment & Discrimination  

Q&A: Informal harassment complaints should be taken seriously

Question: Our harassment policy specifies how employees should report issues to the company. If no one formally reports inappropriate behavior, do we need to do anything about it? Also, can we discipline an employee for not following our reporting procedures?

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May 15 2018
Drug and Alcohol  

Q&A: Address employee’s failure to follow drug testing procedures

Question: When an employee is selected for a random drug test, we instruct them to report directly to the testing facility, which is only about five minutes away. One employee recently took two hours to get there. He passed the drug test, so can we do anything about his delay in getting to the testing facility?

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Mar 27 2018
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Be careful when considering a settlement for back wages

Question: We recently conducted a self-audit and discovered that we underpaid one employee for wages earned. If we pay her the past wages owed and ask her to sign something releasing us from liability, are we covered?

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Nov 07 2017
 

OREGON Q&A: What happens when Veterans Day falls on a Saturday?

Question: Under Oregon law, we know that veterans have the right to take Veterans Day off if they request it. This year Veterans Day (November 11) falls on a Saturday and we don’t normally work on weekends. Do we have to allow a veteran employee to take a different day off in observation of Veterans Day?

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Oct 16 2017
Q&ADisabilityEmployee BenefitsLeave Laws  

Q&A: Offer equal amounts of paid parental leave to men and women

Question: We are a family friendly company and would like to offer 2 weeks of paid leave to new fathers and 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers. Are we allowed to do this?

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Oct 11 2017
Q&ASafety and HealthTermination & ResignationWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Termination after workplace injury may trigger workers’ comp retaliation claim

Question: One of our employees seriously injured his hand at work after just a couple of days on the job. Based on the nature of his injury, it seems obvious that he must have committed a safety violation. Can we fire him?

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Oct 09 2017
Q&AVigilant NewsWage and Hour  

OREGON: Common questions answered on recent legislation

Vigilant recently held a webinar covering 2017 legislation impacting Oregon employers with new overtime and maximum hour rules for manufacturers, predictive scheduling, amendments to Oregon’s sick leave law, and pay equity. We’ve received some great follow-up questions regarding the overtime and maximum hour rules for manufacturers, as well as questions about Oregon’s…

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Oct 05 2017
Wage and Hour  

New law in Oregon imposes stiff penalty for requiring false time records

Oregon recently passed a new law that takes effect on January 1, 2018, prohibiting employers from compelling, coercing, or otherwise requiring an employee to create, file or sign a time record that the employer knows to be false (HB 3008). Pursuant to the new law, courts may award up to…

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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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May 30 2017
Harassment & Discrimination  

Federal courts split over sexual orientation discrimination

A recent string of federal appeals court cases regarding sexual orientation discrimination has shone a light on an area of open interpretation under federal law. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, individuals are protected from discrimination based on sex, but the law doesn’t explicitly encompass protection based on sexual…

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