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 […]


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: […]

Sep 29, 2016

Unnecessary QTIPs? No Problem.

Yesterday, the IRS finally confirmed that it will recognize unnecessary QTIP elections on 706 returns filed to elect portability. This is good news and answers an ambiguity created by the final portability regulations that were issued last year. A qualified terminable interest property (“QTIP”) election is an election under which a portion of a deceased […]

Sep 07, 2016

Six Basic Rules for Leasing in the Cannabis Industry

Negotiating and executing a lease is tricky, even without the state-legal, federally-illegal cannabis industry in the mix.  So what should a landlord consider if choosing to lease to a business that operates in the cannabis industry?  And what should a cannabis licensee do to protect its interests?  The following are six basic rules for landlords […]



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