The Oregon Court of Appeals just decided that, even if an employer’s handbook states that employees are entitled to meal breaks and should not work during their meal breaks, it is the employer’s “duty to monitor employees’ work and meal periods to ensure that full meal periods are taken.” In other words, employers are responsible… Continue reading Oregon Meal Breaks are Mandatory
In July, we posted about the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act, which can be read here. The Act includes new rules for when employers can require non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in connection with harassment and discrimination, and an extended statute of limitations for certain harassment/discrimination claims. While many requirements of the Act do not start until… Continue reading Revisiting the Workplace Fairness Act
This Veterans’ Day, take a moment to thank our service members and veterans. Then, take a moment to make sure you are complying with employment laws that apply to service members and their families. Here is a list of relevant laws and employer coverage: USERRA (all employers) FMLA Military Family Leave (employers with 50+ employees)… Continue reading Veterans’ Day Reminder
I am excited to be speaking about the Top 20 Employment Handbook provisions at the 2019 BOLI Annual Employment Conference. I will be talking about what should be in every handbook (at a minimum), the impact of Oregon’s new laws on handbook provisions, and practical ways that a handbook can help employees navigate the workplace.… Continue reading Top 20 Handbook Provisions
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards just announced an increase to Seattle minimum wage, effective January 1, 2020. The 2020 minimum wage rates for employees working within the city of Seattle are as follows: Large employers (501+ employees) – $16.39/hour Small employers (500 or fewer employees, who do not pay at least $2.25/hour toward the… Continue reading Seattle 2020 Minimum Wage Announced
As you know, Oregon’s law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination and requiring accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Employers are required to post about the new law and provide notice to employees as follows: New employees – at the time of hire; Existing employees, by June 29, 2020; and… Continue reading Oregon Pregnancy Accommodation Notice
We have posted in the past about the definition of “trade secret” and what an employer must show when seeking to protect “trade secrets from theft by former employees. Under Oregon law, a trade secret means information that (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or… Continue reading Reminder, Information is Not a Trade Secret if you do not keep it Secret!
Yesterday we told you about the new minimum salary level for exempt employees ($684 per week up from $455 per week). Today, we want to share the DOL’s analysis of how many employees will likely be impacted by the new rule. According to the DOL: 2 million currently exempt employees who earn at least $455… Continue reading More on DOL’s New Overtime Rule
Today, the DOL finally issued a new rule that updates the “thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.” Beginning January 1, 2020, the salary threshold for exempt employees will be $684 per week (up from $455 per week). That means that beginning January… Continue reading DOL Issues New Overtime Rule
Now there is a website!! https://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/PFMLI/Pages/default.aspx The website provides general information, a timeline, an option to receive updates on the new law, and an invitation to join an advisory committee. Stay tuned….