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Work drug testing in Post-Legalization era

May 31, 2016 --

bullard-law2By Bullard Law,
Portland law firm

DEA Approves Research into Treating PTSD with Marijuana

While marijuana has been legalized in a number of states, it remains an illegal drug under federal law.  Although the 2016 Budget Act defunded DOJ from interfering with state medical marijuana laws, this does not change the fact that marijuana (medical or not) remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  Moreover, Congress has taken no action to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the CSA and President Obama last year described Congressional action as unlikely.

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Hiring Vet spouses is the new focus

May 30, 2016 --

By US Chamber Foundation

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) has been aggressively continuing its Year Of The Military Spouse 2016 campaign in a number of different and exciting ways. Rather than representing a new focus for HOH, whose military spouse program has been up and running since 2012, the campaign is instead bringing renewed energy to highlighting the value that the military spouse population brings to employers.

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DeFazio pushes mobile privacy law

May 27, 2016 --

peter-defazioCongressman Peter DeFazio

Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Tom Marino (R-PA) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging clarification of privacy and security standards for connected health technologies.

Advances in smartphone technology over the past decade have led to an increased number of apps and connected health technologies that give healthcare professionals better insight into their patients’ health and can contribute to improved patient outcomes. But regulations are not keeping pace with new technology.

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FDA killing innovation in e-cigs

May 26, 2016 --

grier-jacobBy Jabob Grier, Portland Writer
Cocktail consultant, magician, blogger.
Liquidity Preference Blog

I awoke to the news I’ve been dreading for years: The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products announced that it will extend its authority over cigarettes to all tobacco products, including cigars and e-cigarettes. When I last covered this topic, the FDA was considering a proposal (“Option 2”) to exempt premium cigars from some of the agency’s more onerous regulations. I was optimistic that the agency might take this path, allowing it to concentrate resources where they might do more good and avoiding conflict with politically vocal cigar smokers. Unfortunately, as I write at Reason, that optimism was misplaced:

As of yesterday, Option 2 is dead. And so, perhaps, is innovation in the cigar business.

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Min. Wage rule now captures out of area workers

May 25, 2016 --

nfib-logoBy NFIB

Minimum wage advocates got their raise. Now they’re looking for more.

With the first wage bump set for July 1, labor advocates are now seeking changes to the new minimum wage that would make it even more expensive for Oregon business owners.

The Oregon Legislature approved the new statewide minimum wage based on a three-tier system. In rural areas, the minimum wage will rise to $12.50 by 2022, $13.50 in mid-size counties and $14.75 in the Portland metro area.

During the legislative process, it was established that employees who work in multiple areas that have different minimum wages would be paid at the rate of their main work location, according to NFIB/Oregon State Director Anthony Smith. But the Bureau of Labor and Industries released preliminary rules that would require employers to pay employees at the rate of the other location if the worker spends more than four hours there.

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Top 15 skills employers seek when hiring

May 24, 2016 --

jobs-hiring-growth
Oregon Employment Department,

Regardless of whether you have a bachelor’s degree or just graduated from high school, the top 15 skills employers seek for high-skill, medium-skill and low-skill occupations are similar according to estimates based on O*NET data. For the purposes of this analysis, high-skill occupations are occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral or a professional degree; medium-skill occupations require post-secondary training (non-degree) or an associate’s degree; and low-skill occupations require a high school diploma or less.

The top 15 skills employers look in job applicants are:

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NIKE embraces 3D printing technology

May 23, 2016 --

nkhp3dprtngNIKE Press Release,
Two months ago, Nike introduced a custom track spike for sprinter Allyson Felix that pushed the performance and rapid prototyping possibilities of 3D printing further and hinted at the company’s goal of scaling the technology to deliver greater performance innovation faster. Today, it accelerates towards that future via a partnership with the multinational information technology company HP.

The move builds off of over three years of innovation in the 3D printing and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) space that has allowed Nike to make and tweak prototypes in hours, instead of months. This process has fast-tracked the creation of everything from the aforementioned track spike to football cleats, such as the Nike Vapor Laser Talon and Nike Vapor HyperAgility. Outside of footwear, it has also played a significant role in disruptive designs such as the Cooling Hood, designed for world record-holding decathlete Ashton Eaton, and the Nike Football Rebento duffle bag.

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Overtime rule pushing workers into hourly pay

May 20, 2016 --

nfib-logoBy NFIB,

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)  warned that the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will mean higher costs for millions of small employers and that some salaried employees might find themselves sliding back into hourly jobs.

“Entry-level management positions are going to disappear and those employees will fall back into hourly jobs,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Small businesses everywhere will be affected, but most of the damage will occur in places where the cost of living and the wage scale is much lower than it is in Washington, DC, or Manhattan, or San Francisco.”

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A look at Oregon’s 624 new marijuana jobs

May 18, 2016 --

chart-oed-mjnnjbs16By Oregon Employment Department,

Marijuana use was first legalized in Oregon to some extent when the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) was approved in 1998. More recently, Oregon’s new recreational marijuana laws went into effect July 1, 2015. The law allows people 21 years of age and older to possess and use recreationally in a private household. It also allows the sale of recreational marijuana through licensed retailers. Soon after the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Oregon Employment Department received several inquiries about how much employment there is in marijuana-related businesses. Although it’s too early to say where employment levels will settle out, we do have some early indications.

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Local brewer & Dark Horse comics team up

May 16, 2016 --

unnamed-37By Oregon Craft Beer,

Portland Brewing is teaming up with local comic company Dark Horse Comics to create a comic book cover in honor of their hit beer S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale. Artist Ron Randall brings the sessionable pale ale to life as it’s own super hero character.

More from the press release: “This poster was a blast to draw – a cool beer on a warm summer day can indeed feel like an epic conquest,” noted Randall. “It was fun to embody that image in a classic, over-the-top, superheroic struggle against the evil forces of Thirst.”

The illustration highlights S.M.A.S.H.’s powerful combination of one hop and one malt by turning them into characters. Captain Simcoe Hop is seen riding a bottle of S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale across the Willamette River with his trusty side-kick, Vienna Malt. Their goal — take down the evil villain, Summer Thirst.

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