Obama Overtime Rule Suffers Setback

After suffering a surprising presidential election defeat, the Obama administration now faces reversal of one of his signature labor deals. This week a federal judge overturned the administration’s overtime law that would have expanded overtime pay to 4 million Americans.  The rule would have increased the overtime threshold to $47,476 from $23,660. Administration prospects for […]

Supreme Court Hears Employment Case Concerning Security Screening After Work

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning a case involving Amazon and its workers. The issue at hand involves whether Amazon should pay the workers for the time they spend standing in line waiting to be screened by security as they depart from work. According to the New York Times, “The case on […]

SCOTUS Canning Decision May Affect Employment Cases

The recent U.S. Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning was an ostensible blow to President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments. It ruled that the Senate was not in recess for a sufficient length of time for the President to invoke the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. However, the high court’s […]

SCOTUS Canning Decision May Affect Employment Cases

The recent U.S. Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning was an ostensible blow to President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments. It ruled that the Senate was not in recess for a sufficient length of time for the President to invoke the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. However, the high court’s […]

SCOTUS in Harris v. Quinn: A Small Blow to Unions

While Harris, et al. v. Quinn, et al., the second U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last Monday, may not have received as much press as the Hobby Lobby decision, its consequences may be just as far-reaching and significant for employees and their right to make individual choices about their employment conditions. In Harris, the Supreme […]

What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part II

Yesterday, I covered the majority opinion in the highly political and polarizing Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that came down on Monday. When a decision is split 5-4, you know that it will likely ruffle some feathers. In Hobby Lobby, four justices dissented, including all of the female justices. Justice Ginsburg wrote the primary dissenting […]

What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part I

If you’ve been following the news, or your Facebook or Twitter feed at all in the last 24 hours, you’ve likely been bombarded by stories and posts (and rants) praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case or declaring it to be the end of the world. Needless to say, you probably […]

Are Your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors? The Answer May Surprise You!

Owning a business is the American dream. It allows for independence, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. However, a lot of responsibility comes with that dream, including being current with the laws and regulations — both state and federal — that govern your relationships with your workers. One of the most common issues employers face is the […]

If You Quit Your Job, Can You Receive Unemployment Benefits? The Answer May Surprise You

As a general matter of law, someone who quits a job is not eligible for unemployment benefits in Oregon. However, there is an important exception to this law. An employee who quits for “good cause” may still be eligible to receive unemployment benefits under certain circumstances. This exception was recently demonstrated by an Employment Appeals […]

Oregon District Court Enforces Narrow Exception Rule Wrongful Discharge Case

An Oregon District Court has enforced the “narrow exception” rule in a wrongful discharge lawsuit brought against Vestas-American Wind Tech., Inc. The plaintiff, a former employee of the company was injured on the job and had filed a worker’s compensation claim and then went on leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). When […]

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