BOLI Workplace Bullying Poster

Workplace bullying is not illegal in Oregon. However, because, according to BOLI, “it is harmful and in some cases can lead to lawsuits based on discrimination,” BOLI recently published a poster addressing workplace bullying.  The poster defines workplace bullying as “a pattern of repeated mistreatment that harms, intimidates, undermines, offends, degrades or or humiliates an employee,”… Continue reading BOLI Workplace Bullying Poster

More on the Oregon Pay Equity Law

As we posted earlier this month, Oregon’s Pay Equity Law becomes fully effective on January 1, 2019.  Just in time, BOLI has published a Fact Sheet that summarize the law and provides answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.oregon.gov/boli/TA/Pages/FactSheetsFAQs/PayEquity.aspx Right before Thanksgiving, BOLI also issued the final Administrative Rules for the new law: https://www.oregon.gov/boli/pages/legal/h_notices.aspx. We will… Continue reading More on the Oregon Pay Equity Law

Potential Changes to Washington Overtime Rules

While the DOL has yet to issue new rules related to overtime exemptions, on November 20, 2018, Washington L&I released preliminary draft rules with potential changes for salaried employees. The preliminary rules propose to raise the salary threshold for exempt employees to between 2 and 2.5 times the state minimum wage for a 40 hour… Continue reading Potential Changes to Washington Overtime Rules

OSHA Clarifies Standard for Post-Accident Drug Testing

Back in 2016, OSHA published a final rule that narrowed the circumstances for post-accident drug testing. The rule was intended to avoid situations where post-accident drug testing operated to discourage employees from reporting workplace injuries or illnesses. In October 2018, OSHA issued a memorandum clarifying OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug… Continue reading OSHA Clarifies Standard for Post-Accident Drug Testing

DOL Overtime Rule (Re-Visited)

Most employers are aware that the Obama administration’s attempt to increase the salary threshold for exempt employees was blocked in December 2016.  The failed rule sought to increase the required salary for exempt employees to $47,476 per year.  Labor Secretary Acosta has indicated that he supports raising the salary threshold and, since the summer of… Continue reading DOL Overtime Rule (Re-Visited)

More Info for Washington Employers: City of Seattle Minimum Wage Increases

Beginning January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for large employers within the City of Seattle (employers with 500 or more workers) will be $16.00/hr.   For small employers (employers with 500 or fewer employees), employees must be paid at least $15.00/hr. Small employers can pay an hourly wage of $15.00, or pay employees at least $12.00/hr.… Continue reading More Info for Washington Employers: City of Seattle Minimum Wage Increases

Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington State passed legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program last year. Under the law, eligible employees will be entitled to paid leave for up to 12 weeks for their own serious health condition or for family care, up to 16 weeks combined medical and family leave, and up to 2 additional… Continue reading Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

OregonSaves – 12/15/18 Deadline to Register for Employers with 20-49 Employees

Back in November we posted about OregonSaves, a program that Oregon adopted to force employees to save for retirement.  On December 15, 2018, employers with 20 to 49 employees who do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan will be required to register, provide employees with information about the program, and then begin making payroll deductions… Continue reading OregonSaves – 12/15/18 Deadline to Register for Employers with 20-49 Employees

Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement

According to a recent Oregon Court of Appeals opinion, non-compete agreements that fail to comply with Oregon law may still be enforceable as a covenant not to solicit. The case, Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP v. Henry, 293 Or. App. 471 (2018), involved an attempt by Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP (“OPP”) to enforce a non-compete agreement… Continue reading Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement