Paying compensation to employees who opt out of costly health insurance and other benefits can be an appealing option for both employers and employees. The employer saves on premium contribution costs, and the employee gets extra spending money. But employers should beware: a new case out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Flores v. City […]
The US Department of Labor has announced a new salary basis rule. Under the new rule, employees must receive a salary of $47,476 per year ($913/week) in order to meet the threshold test for exemption from overtime. The new rule will take effect on December 1, 2016. This is a good time to make sure […]
Attorney Steven Schuback will speak at the Chinook Institute’s 2nd annual public employer update conference in Keizer, Oregon on July 15th. This labor relations conference includes topics such as recent Employment Relations Board cases, workplace policies on medical and recreational marijuana, and hiring practices, among others. The event goes from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. […]
Effective July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Oregon will begin increasing on a pre-set annual basis through the year 2022. The increases vary depending on where the employer is “located,” with the highest amount applying to employers in the Portland metro area, and the lowest amount applying in smaller “nonurban” counties. (See list of […]
Attorneys Dian Rubanoff and Chandra Hatfield will speak at the Special Districts Association’s Annual Conference in Sunriver Oregon on February 5th. The topic, “Wiring Your Hiring” will focus on veterans’ preference and other hiring issues. To check out the full conference schedule, click here.