Tonkon Torp LLP

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1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States
Phone: 503.221.1440
Fax: 503.274.8779
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
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50-100 Attorneys

Employer Cannot Fire Employees For Obscenity-Laced Facebook Posts During Union Organizing Campaign

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects employees who engage in concerted activities for purposes of collective bargaining or for mutual aid and protection. How far that protection extends was tested in NLRB v…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Is Property Tax Reform Coming to Oregon?

As our state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering a number of ways to raise taxes to bridge the gap. One current proposal asks Oregonians to reconsider Measure 50, their 1990s-era property tax revolt…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

New Executive Order Targets H-1B Visas

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Buy American and Hire American," which addresses the H-1B visa program, among other topics. Increased Enforcement; New Regulations and Guidance…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

A Case Study on the Accuracy of Real Market Values on Tax Statements

In my previous Ear to the Ground post, I discussed real market values and how they can become inaccurate on your tax statement. For this week's post, I wanted to offer a real-life example of how this discrepancy played out for a…more
 /  Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Allowed Under Title VII

For more than 30 years, the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal have uniformly ruled that Title VII's prohibitions against discrimination based on "sex" do not cover claims for discrimination based on "sexual orientation." That has…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Is the Real Market Value on Your Tax Statement Accurate?

One of the most common questions asked about property tax in Oregon is whether the assessor's real market value ("RMV") is accurate. The short answer is, probably not…more
 /  Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

USCIS Announces FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 3-7, 2017. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

DOL Fiduciary Rule Delayed for 60 Days

Today, April 7, 2017, the Federal Register published the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule extending the applicability date of the ERISA Fiduciary Rule from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017. Other delays included in…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Enhanced Whistleblower Protections for Nonprofit Employees

In the wake of Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation last year, the Oregon Legislature amended Oregon's "whistleblower" protection statute (ORS 659A.203) by expanding it to include Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Nonprofit Law

New Travel Ban/Executive Order Stayed by Courts

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii blocked the Trump Administration's new travel ban, Executive Order No. 13,780 (EO). The Court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order that blocks…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

Temporary Guidance for Fiduciary Rule Compliance

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a field assistance bulletin (FAB) adopting a temporary enforcement policy regarding compliance with the ERISA Fiduciary Rule…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Trump Administration Issues New Executive Order Restricting Travel for Nationals of Six Designated Countries

The Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order (EO) on March 6, revoking the January 27 Executive Order banning U.S. entry of nationals from seven countries (see prior news alert here). The new EO becomes effective…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

Oregon Court Summarily Dismisses Manufacturing Establishment Overtime Claims

On March 9, 2017, a Multnomah County judge dismissed the claims asserted by a putative class of workers in the closely-watched case Mazahua Reyes, et al. v. Portland Specialty Baking, LLC. All Oregon non-exempt employees are…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of All H-1B Petitions Filed On or After April 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B petitions filed April 3, 2017 and later. The suspension may last up to six months, and is intended to reduce the processing times for H-1B…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Reminder: New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 3-7 Deadline

February 28, 2017 U.S. employers that wish to pursue new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees should do so as soon as possible, and contact counsel for assistance if desired. April 3 through 7, 2017 is the…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law
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