Edward Piper

Edward Piper

Stoel Rives LLP

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Northwestern University Football Players Can’t Vote for Union Representation …but it’s not over until it’s over…

Depending on your allegiance, “the Play” was one of either the most memorable or the most infamous moments in the history of college football. It happened in the final seconds of 1982’s annual “Big Game” between the Stanford...more

8/20/2015 - Collective Bargaining College Athletes Colleges Employee Definition Football NLRA NLRB Northwestern University Unions Universities

Oregon Tightens the Screws on Noncompetes: 18 Months Will Soon Be the Maximum Period of Restriction

As we blogged about earlier, courts in most states just plain don’t like employee noncompete agreements. Particularly when it comes to mid- and low-level employees, courts worry that enforcing a noncompete agreement will...more

6/30/2015 - Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements

Oregon Legislature to Employers: Stay Out of Employees’ Personal Social Media Accounts!

As we noted a while ago, Oregon recently joined the growing number of states that prohibit an employer from demanding access to an employee’s personal social media account. An Oregon employer may not require an employee or...more

6/29/2015 - Social Media Social Media Policy

Wyoming, Colorado Seek To Halt BLM’s Fracking Regulations; Environmental Groups Intervene

On the heels of a preliminary injunction motion filed in the action by two industry groups challenging the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on public lands, the states of...more

6/5/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Final Rules Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas Preliminary Injunctions Public Land Safe Drinking Water Act Sierra Club

9th Cir. Finds FedEx Delivery Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors

Last week, the 9th Circuit held in two related cases from California and Oregon that FedEx misclassified approximately 2,600 delivery truck drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. The cases—Alexander v....more

9/5/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FedEx Full-Time Employees Independent Contractors Trucking Industry

Does Data Discriminate? Perspectives for Employers on the White House's Recent "Big Data" Report

Last month, the White House released a comprehensive report on the use of “big data” in the public and private sectors. Employers should pay particular attention to one of its central forecasts: the EEOC and other federal...more

6/6/2014 - Big Data Cybersecurity Data Protection Discrimination EEOC Popular

David Nosal, Employee Data Theft, and Why Employment Lawyers Should Understand Their Clients' IT Infrastructure

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Francisco sentenced David Nosal to a year in prison, three years’ supervised release, 400 hours of community service, and $60,000 in fines. His crime? Nosal violated the Computer...more

1/31/2014 - CFAA Data Breach Data Protection Data Theft Industrial Espionage Trade Secrets

Happy New Year from the Oregon Legislature: New Employment Laws To Watch Out For in 2014

Today we continue with our recent New Years theme. Not to be outdone by their neighbors to the south, the Oregon Legislature was also busy in 2013. And now that 2014 is upon us so too are a slew of new Oregon employment...more

1/6/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Sick Leave Social Media

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