New Oregon Transit Tax: What Employers Need to Know

Beginning on July 1, 2018, employers must start withholding Oregon’s statewide transit tax from the wages of Oregon residents (regardless of where the work is performed); and (2) wages of non-Oregon residents who perform services in Oregon.  The tax is one-tenth of one percent (.001) if the employee’s wages.  While it is not imposed on […]


Beware of Demand Letters for Small Amounts

No one likes receiving demand letters.  Demand letters are often sent by a would-be plaintiff to a would-be defendant before a lawsuit is filed.  They demand payment of money, and say that a lawsuit will be filed if the defendant doesn’t pay.   If you ever receive one, and the amount demanded is relatively small, you […]

Mar 27, 2018

Congress Slips Tip-Pooling Solution into Spending Bill

It used to be that restaurants could not require that tips be pooled and distributed between tipped and non-tipped employees (e.g. servers and kitchen staff).  Congress has changed that Employers can now require tip-pooling IF… Each participant employee is paid the full minimum wage before tips (that mean no tip credits!) AND The employer/manager/supervisor does […]

Aug 23, 2017

Companies Need To Have Zero Tolerance For Hate Speech

With the recent rallies of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups happening around the country, it’s important for employers to understand their rights and legal obligations when it comes to hate-speech in the work place, and why having a zero-tolerance policy for discriminatory and racist speech is important for more than just moral and […]

May 16, 2017

Indemnity Provisions in Contracts: A Brief Summary of Oregon’s Approach

Contracts frequently contain indemnity provisions.  An indemnity provision is a clause that transfers risk between the parties to a contract.  Under such a provision, one party (called the indemnitor) agrees to defend and reimburse the other party (the indemnitee) for damages or losses resulting from claims arising out of the contract.  Indemnity provisions can be […]



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