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Updating your notice of ACA privacy practices

October 17, 2017 --

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

Davis, Wright, Tremaine

By Adam H. Greene, Rebecca L. Williams, and Sean R. Baird

There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance indicating that ACA does indeed impact NPPs. Moreover, breach notifications also likely are affected. Accordingly, if they have not already done so, covered entities should consider updating their NPPs to include the required nondiscrimination language and “taglines” in different languages. Covered entities also should address their breach notification policies, procedures, templates, processes, and checklists so that any required ACA language and taglines are included in any breach notifications going to individuals.

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Oregon’s poverty ranked 36th lowest

October 16, 2017 --

Poverty and Age in Oregon

Oregon Workforce And Economic Information

Oregon’s poverty rate dropped more than 2 percentage points in 2016, to 13.3 percent. Among the states and Washington, D.C., Oregon’s 2016 poverty rate ranked right in the middle at 25th lowest. Poverty rates in 2016 ranged from 7.3 percent in New Hampshire to 20.8 percent in Mississippi in 2016. Back in 2006, Oregon’s poverty rate ranked 30th among the states and Washington, D.C. In the midst of the Great Recession in 2011, Oregon’s poverty rate ranked 36th lowest.

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New health plan levels playing field for small businesses

October 13, 2017 --

Retailers Join Trump At White House For Signing Of Association Health Plan Order

J. Craig Shearman

National Retail Federation

The owner of a Massachusetts pet-supply store represented the National Retail Federation at the White House today as President Trump signed an executive order that would allow more small businesses to buy health insurance for their workers through federally sanctioned association health plans.

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Rep. Mark Johnson selected to head OBI

October 12, 2017 --

OBI Selects Mark Johnson as President & CEO

Oregon Prosperity Project

Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) has selected Representative Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oregon’s statewide business association. Johnson has served in the Legislature since 2011 and is known for his ability to work across party lines and his advocacy for education and workforce development. He also is chairman of the Hood River County School District Board and owns a construction business specializing in residential homebuilding.

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PERS funding draining state resources

October 11, 2017 --

The Cost of PERS Inaction Continues to Grow

Oregon Prosperity Project

The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) funding crises will continue to drain state resources and prevent Oregon from improving our schools and providing needed services unless leaders step forward with a solution. The past few months have brought news on multiple fronts that re-enforce the severity of the problem and the need for immediate action.

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Rep. Schrader introduces bipartisan bill supporting small businesses

October 10, 2017 --

Schrader, Renacci, Jenkins, and Costa Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Small Businesses

Congressman Kurt Schrader 

Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act. This bipartisan legislation clarifies the employer mandate provision within the Affordable Care Act to provide one clear definition of seasonal employment. The simplified standard, which is consistent across industries, will reduce the administrative burden for small businesses and help them avoid steep penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

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E-Commerce on the rise in Oregon

October 9, 2017 --

Oregon’s Shifting Retail Landscap

By Josh Lehner

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

There’s no question that online sales have been, and will continue to change the retail landscape. However, it can be hard to show exactly how this is influencing and impacting standard economic data. Sure, Census reports e-commerce sales as a share of all retail sales on a quarterly basis, but that’s simply a slowly increasing figure over time that has yet to breach 10%. Here in Oregon we have even greater data limitations, so consider this a first pass at trying to show the changes.

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House passes its 2018 budget resolution

October 6, 2017 --

U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of the 2018 Budget Resolution
Important First Step, but the Work is Just Beginning

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The House passed its 2018 budget resolution Thursday in a party-line vote that represents a step toward its goal of sending tax-reform legislation to President Trump.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after passage of the 2018 budget resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives:

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Smaller pool of qualified job candidates since recession

October 5, 2017 --

A Tightening Oregon Job Market

By Anthony K. Smith

National Federation of Independent Business

As Oregon’s economy continues to grow, the many measurable benefits of expansion are evident. State economists at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis have recently reported a number of encouraging statistics: job creation continues to outpace population growth, median incomes are rising, and the overall labor force participation rate in our state is approaching full employment – at least in the way that economist define that term based on changing population demographics.

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Supreme Court to reconsider forced union fees

October 4, 2017 --

Second Look: Supreme Court to Revisit Constitutionality of Mandatory Public Sector Union Fees

By Lindsey M. Tran

Ballard Law

On September 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will once again consider the issue of whether unions can force non-member public employees to pay union “agency fees” or “fair share fees.” The Court previously attempted to resolve this issue in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in 2016, but the Court deadlocked after Justice Scalia’s passing.

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