California Enacts Strict Privacy Law

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 375, the so-called California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The Act takes effect in January 2020 and includes some features of the GDPR. Under the Act, California consumers will have the right to request that a business that collects a consumer’s personal information disclose to… Continue reading California Enacts Strict Privacy Law

Washington’s New Harassment and Discrimination Laws

On June 7, 2018, new employment laws relating to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), sexual harassment policies, and discrimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking victims take effect in Washington State. Here is a summary of the laws, and steps employers should take to ensure compliance with them. 1.  Non-Disclosure Agreements Substitute Senate Bill 5996 prohibits employers… Continue reading Washington’s New Harassment and Discrimination Laws

Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act

Earlier this month the Washington State Legislature passed the Equal Opportunity Pay Act (the “Act”), the first update to Washington’s Equal Pay law since 1943.  The Act, which is expected to be signed into law by Governor Inslee, amends RCW 49.12.175 to provide that any employer in Washington who discriminates in any way in providing… Continue reading Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act

Public Contractors Must Certify Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policies

As of January 1, 2018, prospective contractors must comply with new requirements if they wish to contract with Oregon state agencies. For contracts valued at $150,000 or more, contractors must certify in writing that they have a policy and practice of preventing sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination against employees who are members of a… Continue reading Public Contractors Must Certify Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policies

Best Practices for Preventing Harassment

Last year the EEOC issued Recommendations Regarding Harassment Prevention Policies and Procedures. Here are a few of the most important takeaways in the EEOC report: Employers should adopt and maintain a comprehensive anti-harassment policy (which prohibits harassment based on any protected characteristic, and which includes social media considerations). Employers should ensure that the anti-harassment policy,… Continue reading Best Practices for Preventing Harassment

Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law

On October 1st, Oregon’s new distracted driving law takes effect. Drivers have been banned from talking and texting in Oregon since 2009. However, drivers could still use other functions on their phone while driving or stopped in traffic. The new law closes that loophole. Starting Monday, drivers in Oregon cannot use any function of a… Continue reading Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law

Oregon Passes “Predictive Scheduling” Law

Senate Bill 828, also called the “Fair Work Week Act”, passed the Oregon legislature last week and is expected to be signed by Governor Brown.  The law sets new scheduling standards for employers in the retail, hospitality, and food services industries that employ 500 or more employees worldwide. Under the law, which will go into… Continue reading Oregon Passes “Predictive Scheduling” Law

Remember to Properly Report Wages for Unemployment Insurance Taxes

Summer is here and so is summer travel season. It’s also a good time for employers to verify that they are properly reporting wages for unemployment insurance taxes. Whether employees are working from another state while on vacation or working on a project outside of Oregon, employees may be performing services in multiple states.  When… Continue reading Remember to Properly Report Wages for Unemployment Insurance Taxes

Washington State Enacts New Protections for Pregnant Employees

Last week Governor Inslee signed into law the “Healthy Starts Act,” which is aimed at promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and newborns.  The law includes new protections for pregnant workers. Starting on July 23, 2017, it is an unfair business practice for any employer with 15 or more employees to: Fail or refuse to… Continue reading Washington State Enacts New Protections for Pregnant Employees