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Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim Such restrictions are common in agreements resolving employment disputes. Indeed, many companies would not think of entering into a settlement in which they were not assured that the affected employee(s) would comply with the company’s confidentiality policy, maintain confidentiality of the fact

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm Sparks are flying in Washington. On Monday [July 7] the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued the first licenses, which allowed for legal marijuana sales to begin on Tuesday. By Wednesday there were news and social media reports that the “first buyer” in Spokane had lo

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By NIKE, With one strike of his Nike Magista boot, German striker Mario Gotze sent his nation into raptures and sealed his place in football history. For Nike Football, the moment capped an exciting year for both the brand and business. On the pitch, Nike started the tournament with 10 sponsored teams, while 53 percent [

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University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Economic Indicators: Oregon posted another month of above average growth in May. Highlights of the report include: - The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.69, compared to a revised 0.16 the previous mont

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By Washington Lodging Association (WLA) Seattle taxpayers forced to fund expensive outside counsel for city attempt to defend discrimination The City of Seattle’s decision to hire expensive outside legal counsel to try to defend its discriminatory actions against small businesses in the recently adopted minimum wage ordin

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute It’s not enough for an economy to generate jobs. There should also be a good amount of turnover in the labor market. Workers need to move around to find the best fit for themselves, not to mention higher pay from taking a new gig. A stay-put workforce is bad [̷

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by Betsy Earls Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Cover Oregon Moves to Fed to Save Money – Yet Fees Go Up Cover Oregon went through another round of explaining itself recently, updating legislative committees during three days of meetings designed to begin planning for the 2015 Legislat

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By Oregon Tax News The latest data from the US Bureau of Statistics show that Oregon ranks in the top 10 worst employment states with an unemployment rate at 6.9%.   If the District of Columbia was not included, Oregon would rank #9 among the 50 states.   Oregon has improved since the recession where it once […]

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By Randall O’Toole Native Oregonian & Senior CATO Fellow All over the country, cities from Seattle to St. Petersburg are planning or building light-rail lines that are wasteful and inefficient. Thanks to lobbying by government contractors and local politicians hungry for “free” federal dollars, more cost-effec

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State GDP 2013 By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released preliminary State GDP figures for 2013 along with comprehensive revisions for data from 1997-2012, following the major National Income and Product Account revisions at the national level a year ago or so. What

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Mark D’Alessio U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce. Ok, I’ll admit it—I jumped on the World Cup bandwagon. Who knew that such a low-scoring sport could be so exciting to watch? Which brings me to today’s marquee matchup—the United States vs. Belgium. Some columnists and comme

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB Ignore the hot-now “Kimye” wedding shots. Leave banning genetically modified crops out in the field. A real, and much more serious, issue is before every candidate and elected official in America, and we all have a duty as citizens to make sure they are at least aware of it. The […]

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Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim The focus of the NLRB and the EEOC has been primarily on invalidating employment policies that might have a tendency to chill employee rights under Section 7 of the NLRA and Title VII, such as broadly-worded confidentiality and social media policies.  Section 7 entitles employees to form and join

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By Oregon Small Business Association The Supreme Court made a ruling that will have a big impact on unions — including Oregon. Today the Court ruled that an Illinois health care union could not force in-home health care workers to pay fees for the union’s collective bargaining costs. Oregon and Washington are am

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Once again The Economist comes through with a fun chart: Note the MLS is the sixth highest average attendance soccer league in the world.  I would, however, argue that this should be normalized by population to make a rank comparison. Oh wait, there it is in […

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Insititute Debate around improving US infrastructure are typically funding discussions. Where will the money come from to (a) build more airports/bridges/roads and (b) repair or improve existing airports/bridges/roads? Then again, poor infrastructure and financial woes are abo

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm On June 19, 2014, in Lane v Franks, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena, outside the scope of his/her ordinary job duties. Sworn testimony in a judicial proceeding i

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by Betsy Earls Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate On, June 18, the Eugene City Council voted to draft an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. The ordinance is expected to be ready for a hearing July 21, and a vote July 28. The council also voted not to send [

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By NIKE, Baseball is a game of incremental advances and steady progress – from first to second, from the minors to the majors – and traditionally, that same progression has been mirrored in the sport’s technology. Enter the Nike Vapor Collection: ultra-light, ultra-fast equipment engineered to accelerate baseb

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Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim The EEOC and NLRB continue to target employers who restrict employee speech and conduct, especially when those restrictions could impact employees’ rights under labor and employment laws. The EEOC recently filed suit attacking the use of certain terms in employer settlement agreements, this time

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Rich Cooper Vice President of Research & Emerging Issues. For four years I had the job growing up that a lot of young men had—I was a “paperboy” for the local newspaper, in this case The Pittsburgh Press. This was back in the Stone Age, as my kids would call […]

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Supporters of a move to privatize sales of liquor in Oregon have decided to drop back and regroup for another election cycle. On Wednesday, Oregonians for Competition decided that in the face of continuing legal challenges, there wasn’t enough time to c

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Who’s Laying Off & Moving? By Oregon Small Business Association Vestas’ 200 Oregon jobs soon gone with the wind As of early May, the Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, is increasingly pointing all turbines towards Colorado. All indications by Chris Brown, Vestas’ North American President, point towards

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by Bill Conerly, Oregon economist Conerly Consulting, Businomics One Down Quarter for the Economy Is Not a Recession The rough rule of thumb is that a recession has two or more consecutive quarters of declining real GDP.* Why not just one quarter? We have a good example of why not just one quarter in the […]

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Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Six Oregon Companies to the National Innovation Summit From Business Oregon Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of six technology companies as well as university representatives as they present their ideas for new technologies at the third National Innovation Summit June 15-18

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Insititute Mercatus A great Mercatus analysis of how hard it is to start a craft brewery in Virginia: In aggregate, the number of regulatory procedures that we identify (12), the wait times to complete many of these procedures (in excess of 100 days), and the associated costs

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog The Upshot, The New York Times‘s answer to FiveThirtyEight edited by David Leonhardt has some fantastic poll data about soccer around the world.  Here are the two charts from the article: This first one has some interesting talking points.  The first is the o

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm NLRB Says Cussing Out Your Employer Is OK If You Are Upset About Work By Michael G. McClory According to the National Labor Relations Board website, the Board “protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and workin

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Hot Wings, Chilling Effect Earlier this week, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) judge found that a Hooters franchise in Ontario, California had unlawfully fired a waitress who was friends with a coworker that had complained about forced participation in an allegedly rigged

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University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon’s economy continued to grow at an above average rate in April. Highlights of the report include: - The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity fell to 0.30 in April, compared to a revised 0.92 the previous month. The

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