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Sep 24 2013
 

Reemployment rights after military service may be broader than you think

A returning military servicemember has the right to be reemployed in the position they would have held if not for their military obligations, pursuant to the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), but those rights can become ambiguous when the company eliminates the employee’s position while he/she is gone.

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Sep 09 2013
Q&AWage and Hour  

Can employees waive their wage and hour rights?

Q: Our employees would like to work on Saturdays, to get a jump start on production and make extra money, but we can’t afford to pay them overtime. If they want to work at their straight time rate for hours over 40 in the week, can we let them?

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Aug 13 2013
Q&AImmigration  

How to respond when an employee doesn’t pass E-Verify

Q: We use E-Verify to confirm work authorization for employees, and recently received a final nonconfirmation notice for a new hire. Should we terminate him?

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Jul 18 2013
Leave Laws  

OREGON: Leave for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking expanded

All employees will be eligible to take leave for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, if they work for an employer with at least six employees, pursuant to HB 2903, which was recently signed by the governor and goes into effect on January 1, 2014.

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Jul 09 2013
Leave Laws  

OREGON: Bereavement leave will be protected under OFLA

The categories of protected leave under the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) will be expanded to include bereavement leave as of January 1, 2014, pursuant to HB 2950, which was recently signed by Governor Kitzhaber.

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Jul 01 2013
HiringImmigration  

OREGON: Driver cards for illegal immigrants may throw a wrench in your I-9 process

Individuals who cannot provide documentation that they’re authorized to be in this country can now obtain an Oregon Driver’s Card, pursuant to a bill that was recently signed into law (SB 833).

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Apr 09 2013
 

Does your non-solicitation agreement contemplate social media?

In recent years, many employers have encouraged employees to join LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites in order to connect with potential customers and increase public awareness of their company. But have you thought about the consequences when those individuals, who are connected to hundreds if not thousands of your customers, leads, and referral sources, leave your employment? Read More…
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Mar 05 2013
 

Be sure employee has sufficient time to consider severance agreement

Although you may be in a hurry to usher a departing employee out the door, beware of allowing an employee to sign a severance agreement before they’ve had time to really think about it.

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Jan 15 2013
Safety and Health  

Safety: Post OSHA 300A summary February 1 – April 30

On February 1, 2013, you must post your OSHA Form 300A summary in a conspicuous place in your workplace, and keep it posted through the end of April.

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