Oregon’s economy has shown strong employment growth in recent years. That strong growth has caused the state’s labor market to tighten up, as record low unemployment rates have Oregon employers increasingly finding it difficult to fill job openings. Oregon’s average hourly wage, after more than five years of decline and stagnation following The Great Recession, finally started to show fast wage growth in both 2015 and 2016. However, as Oregon’s employment growth showed signs of slowing in 2017, Oregon’s average hourly wage followed suit, with wage growth slowing to a grinding halt beginning in the second quarter of 2017 and continuing through the first quarter of 2018. Nationally, it has been a similar story with recent wage growth. Real average hourly earnings nationally increased only 0.4 percent from March 2017 to March 2018.
By David J. Riewald & Trevor R. Caldwell
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that class action waivers in arbitration agreements do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The Court’s 5-to-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis resolved one of the most hotly-contested workplace issues in recent years, and is a significant win for employers. The decision also is yet another reason why every employer should consider requiring that their nonunion employees sign arbitration agreements, and include a class action waiver in those agreements.Read the full article and discuss it »