It's 2008: Are Your Policies for Oregon Employees Up to Date?


Breaking Developments In Labor and Employment Law


We are now three weeks into the New Year and that means its time to ensure that your business is current on new laws that went into effect on January 1 (or in late 2007). Below is a summary of 19 new laws affecting employers in Oregon:

1. Oregon Legislature Toughens Laws on Noncompete Agreements

2. Employment Arbitration Agreements

3. Amendments to the Oregon Family Leave Act ("OFLA")

4. Leave for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking

5. Rest Period to Express Breast Milk

6. Rest Periods for Tipped Employees

7. New State-Wide Prohibition Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

8. New Authorization for Employment-Related Preferences by Religious Institutions

9. Expansion of Punitive Damages and Compensatory Damage Remedies

10. Addition of Familial Status as a Protected Category

11. Deductions From Wages

12. Payment of Wages by Direct Deposit, Automated Teller Machine Card, Payroll Cards or Other Electronic Transfer

13. New Rules Concerning Underpayment of Compensation

14. Claims for Retaliation Relating to Wage Complaints

15. Safety Committees for Small Employers

16. New Time Limitation on Providing Employee Personnel Records

17. Unemployment Benefits in Case of Lockouts

18. Change in Statute of Limitations for Safety-Related Retaliation Claims

19. Certification for Return to Work from a Disabling Compensable Injury

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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