Revisiting the Workplace Fairness Act

In July, we posted about the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act, which can be read here. The Act includes new rules for when employers can require non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in connection with harassment and discrimination, and an extended statute of limitations for certain harassment/discrimination claims. While many requirements of the Act do not start until… Continue reading Revisiting the Workplace Fairness Act

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 5

This post will discuss employer and employee contributions and employer reporting requirements under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. As we previously posted, the new law creates form of insurance which provides benefits (in the form of paid leave) to eligible employees. Contributions are to be paid by employers and employees as a percentage… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 5

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 3

The new law includes a number of protections for employees who take leave. Return to Work: Section 10 provides: An employee of an employer with 25+ employees is entitled to be restored to the position of employment held by the employee when the leave commenced, if that position still exists, without regard to whether the… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 3

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 2

Welcome to our blog series on the new Oregon paid family and medical leave law. In this post will discuss timing and logistics of taking paid leave. Part 1, discussing eligibility and cost, is available here. How much paid leave does an employee get? An eligible employee may get up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 2

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 1

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting about the new Oregon paid family and medical leave law.  The law requires the Director of the Employment Department to establish a family and medical leave insurance program to provide family and medical leave insurance benefits (“FMLB”) to eligible employees. Who is eligible? To be eligible… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 1

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

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