Some EEOC Statistics for your Wednesday

Last month, the EEOC released 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data. As in prior years, retaliation claims top the list of most frequently filed charges. Sexual harassment claims decreased from 2018. Here is the EEOC’s list, in descending order, of the number and % breakdown of charges filed in the U.S. and Oregon in 2019: Type… Continue reading Some EEOC Statistics for your Wednesday

New FLSA Opinion Letter on Project-Based Payments to Exempt Employees

Today, the DOL issued an opinion letter evaluating whether project-based payments constitute payments on a fee basis or salary basis under the FLSA. The employees involved, educational consultants, meet the duties tests of the administrative or the professional exemptions, and were paid in biweekly installments derived from the project-based payment. The opinion letter is here:… Continue reading New FLSA Opinion Letter on Project-Based Payments to Exempt Employees

New Oregon requirement for noncompetition agreements

Effective January 1, 2020, employers must provide each departing employee with a signed copy of any noncompetition agreement applicable to that employee. The signed copy must be provided within 30 days of termination of employment. If the employer does not comply with this requirement, then the noncompetition agreement is voidable and no Oregon court may… Continue reading New Oregon requirement for noncompetition agreements

Washington Paid Family Medical Leave is now Available

A reminder to Washington employers, paid family medical leave benefits became available to employees yesterday, January 1, 2020 (payroll deductions should have started on January 1, 2019). To apply for paid leave, a eligible employee is required to provide their employer with at least 30 days advance written notice for planned medical leave or written… Continue reading Washington Paid Family Medical Leave is now Available

New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

As 2019 winds down, we compiled some suggested resolutions for employers (none of which involve diet or exercise): Update your employee handbook to comply with the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act and to include a policy addressing accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions; Post BOLI’s Workplace Accommodations Notice and be prepared to provide the Notice to new employees;… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for 2020