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Oregon Clarifies Employers' 'Location' for Its New Region-Based Minimum Wage

When Oregon passed a new minimum wage law that will establish three different wage rates for three different regions of the state, many employers wondered how they would determine which rate will apply to which employees.

Oregon Tightens Pay Statement Requirements to Help Deter Wage Theft

A new Oregon law will require an employer to include some additional information on employees' pay statements than is currently required, starting January 1, 2017. The new law aims to deter wage theft by codifying and tightening up the pay statement requirements that were previously found only in the Oregon Administrative Rules. According to a Staff Measure Summary that accompanies the legislation, three new full-time positions will be funded in the state Wage and Hour Division to investigate and enforce claims of underpaid and unpaid wages.

Oregon Minimum Wage Hikes Begin July 2016

While the federal minimum wage remains stagnant ($7.25 per hour since July 24, 2009), different states have sought to lead with their own minimum wage rulemaking.

Oregon Raises Minimum Wage

Oregon’s legislature has approved a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on March 2, 2016, with increases scheduled to take effect beginning July 1, 2016.

Historic Minimum Wage Increase in Oregon

On March 2, 2016, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the first geographically-tiered minimum wage hike in the country. Senate Bill 1532 also gives Oregon the nation’s current highest projected state-wide minimum wage.

Oregon Passes First-of-Its-Kind Minimum Wage Law With Rates Varying by Region

Oregon's legislature has passed a new minimum wage bill, under which the minimum wage will vary depending on where an employer is located.

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Increase This July - And Each Year Thereafter For The Next Six Years

In a first-of-its-kind development, the Oregon legislature passed and the Governor will sign into law a minimum wage hike law that will go into effect July 1, 2016. Under the new law, the rates will steadily increase through 2023, eventually giving Oregon the highest minimum wage rates in the nation.

Oregon ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation Effective, Next is Even Tougher Portland Ordinance

Oregon law restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process (i.e., before a job interview) went into effect on January 1, 2016. Beginning July 1, 2016, the City of Portland will take ban-the-box restrictions a few steps further, with its own ordinance.

Final Regulations Clarify Some Provisions of the Oregon Sick Leave Law

Anticipation of the January 1, 2016, effective date, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has published administrative rules to implement the Oregon Sick Leave Law.

Oregon Supreme Court Case Reminds Businesses about the Complexity of Independent Contractor Classification

Correctly classifying workers as either employees or independent contractors can be complicated and difficult. Multiple and different classification tests apply to a single working relationship – including, but not limited to, distinct tests for: (1) workers’ compensation coverage and premiums; (2) wage-and-hour and civil rights issues; (3) federal taxes; and (4) state payroll and unemployment taxes. These tests are often subjective, and at times can conflict. Additionally, misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor can result in costly audits, assessments of back taxes, and stiff penalties.