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 […]


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 […]


Oregon Enacts Sweeping Change to Minimum Wage Law

On March 2, 2016, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation that will raise the minimum wage across the state through a first-of it-kind three-tiered system based on where the employer is located.  The first increase is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016, with annual increases thereafter.  The following chart illustrates the scheduled increases: […]


Making a Change, One Beer at a Time

The Oregon Public House is putting a new spin on guilt-free dining – and it doesn’t have anything to do with calories. The restaurant and gathering space – which bills itself as “the world’s first non-profit pub” – gives 100 percent of its net profits to charity. The Public House, located at N.E. 7th and Dekum, […]


Client Feature – Baerlic Brewing Finds It’s Home

With so many new breweries popping up in Portland, you’d think it was easy to open your own place. You’d be wrong. The years-long process of figuring out how to make good beer – dialing in temperatures, ingredients, fermentation times and more – that just might be the easy part. The hard part, well, brewers […]


Announcing our new Pro Beerno fee structure!

Here in Portland we have a knack for doing things the ‘old fashioned’ way. We shun cars for bikes, we raise our own chickens and eggs, and we trade lawn mowers for goats. In this same vein Cosgrave is pleased to announce our unique Pro Beerno bartering program. Starting today, April 1, we’ll accept any […]



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