Oregon Equal Pay Act – Action Items for January 2019

Many of the operative provisions of Oregon’s Equal Pay Law go into effect on January 1, 2019.  As of that date, it will be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to: Discriminate in any manner between employees on the basis of an employee’s status as a member of a protected class in the payment… Continue reading Oregon Equal Pay Act – Action Items for January 2019

Changes to FCC Enforcement of Media Bias

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced administrative changes that give the FCC more enforcement potential for claims of media bias.  Enforcement activity was essentially moved from the media bureau to the enforcement bureau, which adds a teams of lawyers available for enforcement actions.  Media related businesses should contact legal counsel with questions regarding whether these… Continue reading Changes to FCC Enforcement of Media Bias

California Enacts Strict Privacy Law

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 375, the so-called California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The Act takes effect in January 2020 and includes some features of the GDPR. Under the Act, California consumers will have the right to request that a business that collects a consumer’s personal information disclose to… Continue reading California Enacts Strict Privacy Law

Reminder – Oregon Minimum Wage Increased as of July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018, minimum wage in Oregon  increased across the state: Portland Metro area: minimum wage went from $11.25/hr to $12.00/hr. “Standard Counties” (areas outside the Urban Growth Boundary in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties):  minimum wage went from $10.25/hr. to $10.75/hr. Non-urban counties: minimum wage went from $10.00/hr. to $10.50/hr.  Non-urban counties include: … Continue reading Reminder – Oregon Minimum Wage Increased as of July 1, 2018

OSHA Form 300A Deadline is July 1, 2018

Employers with 250 employees or more, and certain high risk employers with 20 or more employees are required to submit Form 300A (2017) to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to report injury and illness records.  The deadline for electronically submitting Form 300A is July 1, 2018. For more information on whether your business is required… Continue reading OSHA Form 300A Deadline is July 1, 2018

Oregon Minimum Wage goes up on July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018, minimum wage in Oregon will increase.  In the Portland Metro area, minimum wage will go from $11.25/hr to $12.00/hr. In “Standard Counties” which also include areas outside the Urban Growth Boundary in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, minimum wage will increase from $10.25/hr. to $10.75/hr.  In non-urban counties, minimum wage will… Continue reading Oregon Minimum Wage goes up on July 1, 2018

Inability to Work Overtime is Not a Disability

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon held in a recent case that an employee who was unable to work more than a 40 hour work week due to various conditions, was not disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  Such an inability to work overtime, absent other facts, does not constitute a substantial… Continue reading Inability to Work Overtime is Not a Disability

How Not to Respond to a DOL Investigation

The DOL has the authority to conduct investigations into employers’ compliance with wage and hour laws.  The DOL can inspect workplaces, review payroll and other employment records, and interview employees and former employees to determine whether an employer is following the FLSA. Most often, the DOL investigates whether an employer is properly calculating and paying… Continue reading How Not to Respond to a DOL Investigation