Oregon Court of Appeals Looks at the Definintion of “Employer” for Penalty Wages

Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a decision that addressed, in part, whether the definition of  “joint employer” for purposes of wage payments could be the basis of a decision that defendant entity was also an “employer” for the purpose of awarding penalty wages.  At trial, a jury had returned a special verdict finding that the defendant was both a “joint employer” and an “employer” and thus liable for unpaid wages and penalty wages.  While the Court did not rule on the substantive question, instead, deciding the appeal based on procedural grounds, the decision includes some interesting analysis of the definition of “employer” under Oregon wage statutes.  http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/docs/A147612.pdf

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