Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Religious Preference Exemption

The Oregon Court of Appeals recently clarified the scope of Oregon’s religious preference exemption defense to an unlawful discrimination claim. King v. Warner Pacific College, 296 Or. App. 155 (2019), concerns a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Noel King against Warner Pacific College, a Christian liberal arts college in Portland. Mr. King, who is Jewish, applied… Continue reading Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Religious Preference Exemption

Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington State passed legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program last year. Under the law, eligible employees will be entitled to paid leave for up to 12 weeks for their own serious health condition or for family care, up to 16 weeks combined medical and family leave, and up to 2 additional… Continue reading Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement

According to a recent Oregon Court of Appeals opinion, non-compete agreements that fail to comply with Oregon law may still be enforceable as a covenant not to solicit. The case, Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP v. Henry, 293 Or. App. 471 (2018), involved an attempt by Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP (“OPP”) to enforce a non-compete agreement… Continue reading Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement

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

Time to Update Safety Procedures and Drug Policies

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016, fatal occupational injuries show a 7% increase in workplace fatalities in 2016.  Notably, injuries caused by violence and overdoses increased by 23% and 32%, respectively.  For more details, see the Census HERE. With such stark increases emerging, it is critical that employers review and update… Continue reading Time to Update Safety Procedures and Drug Policies

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

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

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

New DOL Rules on Overtime

We previously posted about the Department Labor’s proposed rule changing the salary requirements for exempt administrative and executive employees.  Initially, there were suggestions that the new rule would go into effect in January 2016 (with an increase in the minimum weekly salary from $455 per week to $970 per week).  It now appears that the DOL… Continue reading New DOL Rules on Overtime