New BOLI Rules for Calculating Payment of Minimum Wage

The first annual increase to Oregon’s minimum wage takes effect on Friday, July 1, 2016.  The rate of increases varies depending on geographic location.  The minimum wage in non-urban counties will increase to $9.50 per hour, while the minimum wage in the rest of the state increases to $9.75 per hour. The Bureau of Labor… Continue reading New BOLI Rules for Calculating Payment of Minimum Wage

EEOC Issues Sample Notice for Employer Wellness Programs

There has been a lot of talk about how employers can run afoul of the ADA when collecting employee health information in connection with employer wellness programs.  Today, the EEOC issued a sample notice that: “will help employers who have wellness programs comply with their obligations under a recently issued Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)… Continue reading EEOC Issues Sample Notice for Employer Wellness Programs

BOLI issues Amended Final Rule for Minimum Wage Law

Oregon’s new minimum wage statute sets different wage rates for different regions.  The original Final Rule did not address wage rates for employees who work in more than one region.  Today, BOLI filed an Amendment to the Final Rule to clarify the applicable wage rate where an employee works in regions with different statutory minimum… Continue reading BOLI issues Amended Final Rule for Minimum Wage Law

“When Thunder Roars, go indoors!”

In anticipation of summer thunderstorms, OSHA and NOAA have issued a Fact Sheet on Lightning Safety when working Outdoors.  (In case you were curious, the slogan above comes from NOAA, who advises “that nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in your area.”). The Fact Sheet encourages employers to recognize lightning as an occupational hazard… Continue reading “When Thunder Roars, go indoors!”