Portland Civil Rights Ordinance Now Protects Atheists

The City of Portland, Oregon has amended the Portland Civil Rights Ordinance to clarify that religious discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of atheism and agnosticism. In a press release, Commissioner Anna Fritz, who submitted the ordinance to the City Council, stated that “Freedom of religion includes freedom not to affiliate with a religious belief. Read more

Oregon Predictive Work Scheduling Law for Employees

The Oregon Predictive Work Scheduling Law Poster  (also referred to as the Oregon Employee Work Schedules Poster) has been updated with revised information regarding who is covered by the law and more precise requirements for advance notice of schedule changes. The poster was revised to comply with regulations approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor Read more

Oregon secure scheduling law

On July 1, some employers in Oregon will have more to focus on than the minimum wage as the first state-wide secure scheduling law goes into effect. The new law establishes a wealth of scheduling-related rights for employees of large businesses who are employed in retail, hospitality, and food services establishments, including the right to Read more

9th Circuit Rules on Equal Pay Act

Although opinions differ as to the cause, the wage gap between male and female workers persists even today – on average, women earn roughly 80% of what men earn over the course of a lifetime. Some equality advocates have argued that the common employer practice of using a new hire’s previous salary to determine their Read more

Oregon Secure Scheduling Law

Last week Governor Kate Brown signed SB 828 into law, making Oregon the first state to mandate secure scheduling (also known as “predictive scheduling” or “safe scheduling”) for service workers. Although it’s been a boon for employers, the growth of technology which allows employers to structure employee scheduling around up-to-the-minute analyses of customer foot traffic Read more

2017 Oregon Minimum Wage

Last year, the Oregon Legislature determined there was a need to push the state’s minimum wage rate higher than the minimum wage rate then in effect. The minimum wage rate, which was tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), remained unchanged since 2015 because of a flat inflation rate. After studying the regional cost of Read more

Oregon employers are accustomed to an annual increase in the state’s minimum wage rate because of the adjustment made for inflation each January 1. This year was different. For the first time in recent history, Oregon’s minimum wage did not increase on January 1. Instead, Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill increasing the Read more

On January 1, 2017, Vermont will become the fifth state to require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave, following Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Vermont ‘s paid sick leave law will eventually provide employees with five days (40 hours) of paid sick leave per year, but employers will have plenty of time to prepare Read more