Don’t Be Too Hasty To Discipline Employees For Attendance Issues

An employee who regularly is absent, arrives late or leaves early can be a headache for a manager.  Oftentimes the manager gets fed up with the employee and either writes them up or fires them for being unreliable.  However, employers must tread lightly before deciding to discipline or discharge an employee who misses work for […]


Cosgrave Attorney Julie Smith Wins Motion Over Oregon’s Noneconomic Damages Cap

On Friday, January 20th, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ruled that Oregon’s $500,000 cap on noneconomic damages does not violate the Oregon Constitution as applied to a verdict in favor of plaintiff Scott Busch and against Cosgrave’s client, McInnis Waste Systems, Inc. The decision has significant ramifications for future cases in Oregon subject to […]

Dec 06, 2016

ABLE Savings Plan Accounts Now Available

Oregon’s ABLE Savings Plan officially launched this morning.  Take a look at the eligibility cheat sheet and then head over to  to open an account for your eligible loved ones.  The online system is said to be “fun, simple and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete.”  If you set one up, please let us know […]

Nov 22, 2016

Breaking News: DOL Overtime Rule Temporarily Blocked

A Texas federal judge entered a nationwide injunction today blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its controversial rule increasing the salary threshold for its “white collar” overtime exemptions.  The change was set to take effect December 1, 2016.  Employers for now can put on hold any salary increases as this battle winds its […]

Nov 17, 2016

Effective 12/1/16 – DOL Raises FLSA Minimum Salary for Overtime-Exempt Employees

Starting December 1, 2016, the minimum salary requirement for overtime-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act increases from $23,660 annually ($455/week) to $47,476 ($913/week).  If the new requirement is not met, then the employee will longer be considered exempt from overtime.  To comply, employers should review each of their overtime-exempt designated employees to determine: […]



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