Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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Stretching the Family (Leave) Unit

There continues to be much movement in a number of states on the paid family leave front, but the state of Oregon is moving the needle much further with an expansive definition of family members. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be signing House Bill 2005 into law later today (scheduled for 11:15 AM PDT). Once…

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Oregon Passes Paid Family & Medical Leave as Session Ends

Apparently the republican senators who left the state of Oregon to deny the democratic majority a quorum two weeks ago, returned too early to their legislative posts as the Oregon Senate passed HB 2005 and sent it to the Governor. The legislation creates a state insurance fund that will provide workers with 12 weeks of…

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Oregon House Passes Paid Family Leave

As the end of the legislative session approaches, the Oregon House of Representatives late yesterday approved House Bill 2005, a bill that would mandate 12 weeks of paid family medical leave, and sent it along to the senate. As passed by the house, the proposal allows for 12 weeks of paid leave – negotiated down…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

Often throughout the year, we advise our subscribers of different laws or regulations that will be taking effect at a future date, either near term of a few months later. We’re going to add “Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar” to SRNS periodically to ensure that you are aware of those changes that will…

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Retirement Plans Could Be Next Mandates

With paid sick leave plans being mandated by local and state governments across the country on the heels of local minimum wage hikes and predictive scheduling mandates gaining in popularity, could retirement plans be the next mandate foisted upon private business? California became the third state in the nation to create a pilot program for…

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One Win, One Loss on Soda Taxes

Two other states sent questions to the voters about soda taxes and the voters gave one a yes and the other a no. Oregon voters rejected Measure 103 by an overwhelming margin of 57 – 43%. The proposal would have banned most new taxes on grocery items – especially soda and other sugary beverages. The…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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