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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2017, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. The unemployment rate for Oregon teens ages 16 to 19 was 9.5 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate since 1978 when comparable rec

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By Oregon Business & Industry HB 2005, the pay equity bill passed by the 2017 Legislature, becomes law January 1, 2019, and the Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) has begun the process of determining how the different aspects of the law will be implemented. The stakes are high. HB 2005 is the most comprehensive [&#

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by Timothy D. Carkin Senior Vice President Ferguson Wellman Capitol Management News broke that the Trump administration would consider bypassing congressional legislation to change the capital gains taxes rules to index for inflation. The current strategy that is being floated is to use the Treasury department and IRS rathe

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, Big spending paid off for Big Labor on Tuesday as Missouri voters rejected right-to-work legislation by an overwhelming 2 to 1. Compulsory dues will help offset the unions’ $27 million investment in political coercion. In 2016 unions spent some $12 million to support a Missouri Democra

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Many Oregon businesses and residents feel like state government meddles too much in their everyday lives. They also feel like all this meddling does not do much to make their day-to-day lives much better. New research shows they may be correct. Oregon has the sixth highest numbe

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Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity slipped to 0.76 in June from an upwardly revised May reading of 0.94. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, stood a

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Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, We know the economy is beginning to run into capacity constraints. The biggest issue today facing Oregon firms is the ability to attract and retain workers. The labor market is getting tighter for two primary reasons: a strong economy, and demographics as retirements increase.

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Congressman Peter FeFazio, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security,  urged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske to continue passenger screen

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By National Retail Federation, A small Florida-based retailer who sells both in-store and online told Congress that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of online sales tax collection will end a price disadvantage suffered by local stores without creating an undue burden for internet sellers. “BrandsMart is looking forward t

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Oregon Employment Department Release, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s May unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in June. In June, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll empl

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By Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a multistate lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State seeking to block the Trump Administration’s recent action that will allow downloadable 3D-printed gun tutorials to be available online. The lawsuit asks the court for an immediate nationwide

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, Will Portland’s proposal to outlaw straws be an environmental milestone like Oregon’s historic bottle bill or will it be a public fiasco like the California coffee cancer label which became a national mockery and scientifically rebuffed by the state’s own Environmen

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By Chris Morgan & Johnny Hong Barran Liebman Oregon Employer Law Firm Starting on July 1, a number of key legislative updates take effect. Below are a few key reminders for employers. Transit Tax Starting with the first paycheck given to employees that accounts for wages earned in the month of July, employers must withh

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US Chamber Press Release, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President of the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) Tom Quaadman issued the following statement upon House passage of the “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018,” commonly known as the JOBS Act 3.0: “The House took an important step fo

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By Oregon Employment Department, Each year we summarize the key findings from our job vacancy survey into a report, with specific emphasis on the challenges businesses face filling their job vacancies. In 2017, Oregon businesses reported 60,700 job vacancies at any given time in 2017. Of these vacancies, 38,700 job openings

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US Attorney, Oregon District Press Release Monte Robin Kaija, Jr., 47, of Portland, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for detonating a small explosive device at a Fred Meyer store in Southeast Portland, and later possessing a homemade metal pipe bomb. According to court documents, on May 21, 2016, the Portland Po

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Tariff proposals and enactments continue to build in recent months. The situation has not risen all the way to a full-blown trade war, or at least not yet.  But we need to call it something. Trade fisticuffs doesn’t quite sound right, so let’s go with trade skirmish [&#

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By John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade Policy Institute Metro recently decided to refer a $652.8 million bond measure to the November ballot. If approved by voters, it would authorize Metro to borrow money either to purchase existing housing units or to subsidize the construction of new ones. The loans would be paid off by higher

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By Oregon Employment Department Continued job growth and record low unemployment are making it difficult for Oregon businesses to fill current vacancies, and Oregon’s economy is expected to create 263,000 total job openings each year through 2027. These are the findings of two new reports released by the Oregon Employment

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By Oregon Employment Department, In Oregon, about 124,000 workers speak English less than “very well” according to the American Community Survey responses collected from 2012 to 2016. This represents 7 percent of all Oregon workers. This group includes workers who don’t speak English, speak English “not well,” and

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By Oregon US Attorney Office, Oregon Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in Forced Labor and Visa Fraud Scheme Involving Thai Restaurant Workers Defendant financially benefited from co-defendant’s use of debts, fraud, threats of financial and reputational harm, and other means to compel victims to work at restaurants Tanya Jumro

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By Julianne Henley Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn NW Law firm, Did you know you can federally register a scent as a brand? Hasbro, Inc.’s recent registration of the smell of Play-Doh “toy modeling compounds” has highlighted one of the lesser-known brand categories: scents. The United States defines a trademark as any

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analaysis This post circles back on the recent Headwinds and Tailwinds presentation I gave at the Northwest Economic Research Center’s forecast breakfast. It also ties directly into the previous post on Oregon’s industrial structure overall. The biggest high-tech takeaway from an

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By Cascade Employers Association, Every business has, at some point, struggled with recruitment. The inability to find applicants means that sometimes you hire someone just to get a “warm body” in the seat, and hope they can complete the duties well enough to get by. In cases like these, staffing agencies may be utilize

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By Benjamin P. O’Glasser Bullard Law, Portland based law firm Oregon’s predictive scheduling law goes into effect on July 1, 2018. We previously wrote about Oregon’s predictive scheduling law in August 2017. In advance of the law’s effective date, BOLI has issued final administrative rules that will govern its a

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist, This has been a big year for business in the courts. A U.S. district court approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the Supreme Court upheld Amex’s agreements with merchants, and a circuit court pushed back on the Federal Trade Commission’s vague and heavy handed policing of compan

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Congressman Peter DeFazio, Press Release, Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced legislation to discourage multinational corporations from moving abroad by taxing corporate profits on a per-country basis. “Republicans promised that their tax plan would bring jobs home to the U.S., but instead it is encouraging multi-billion dollar

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By Maayan Lattin Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Oregon law firm The Los Angeles Times has reported that the California Legislature and the activists behind the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 have reached a tentative deal for the withdrawal of the privacy measure primed for the November ballot. In exchange for the withdr

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By Oregon Prosperity Project When economists from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis presented the Economic and Revenue Forecast in June 2018, they identified trade tensions as one of a handful of national and international political/economic factors – along with a tightening labor supply and rising interest rates –

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By Cascade Employers Association, So you may have heard rumblings about companies who are paying astronomical minimum wage rates. A California fast food restaurant recently reported they will be raising minimum wage to $17.00 per hour for their employees. Interesting considering the minimum wage tiered adjustments in Califo

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