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Music Modernization Act passed Congress

September 28, 2018 --

U.S. Chamber of Commerce,

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) President and CEO David Hirschmann issued the following statement  regarding the passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA):

“The Music Modernization Act will help ensure that future music creators can pursue their passions, the music industry can continue to thrive, and all of us can continue to enjoy the music that makes our lives richer and more vibrant. We applaud the members of Congress who have championed this legislation, which will serve as a critical step in recognizing the work that songwriters, composers, producers, engineers, and all music creators do in an effort to be fairly compensated for their creations.”

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Oregon wins 5 gold medals in world’s largest beer event

September 27, 2018 --

Oregon Brewer’s Guild,

Oregon breweries claimed a total of 22 medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held September 20-22nd in Denver, Colorado.

Oregon Breweries brought home 5 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.

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Oregon among the most unionized states

September 26, 2018 --

By Oregon Employment Department,

Oregon consistently outpaces the U.S. in union membership as a share of total employment. In 2017, 14.9 percent of Oregon’s workers were union members, compared with 10.7 percent for the U.S. Employees who are not union members but whose jobs are covered by union contracts slightly increased the share of union coverage beyond membership rates in both the U.S. and Oregon. The share of covered workers in Oregon totaled 15.7 percent, while the U.S. coverage rate was 11.9 percent in 2017.

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Blazers First: Ads on uniform

September 25, 2018 --

Portland Trail Blazer Release,

The Portland Trail Blazers announced a multi-year partnership agreement with Performance Health which includes the team’s first-ever jersey patch, a growing trend with world-class corporations and the NBA. Beginning with the upcoming 2018-19 season, Performance Health’s Biofreeze brand logo will find a new home on all editions of the Trail Blazers game jerseys and other equipment. The jersey patch is part of a comprehensive partnership program designed to strengthen the team’s performance on the court and positively impact the Portland community.

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Hearing: Walden presses Twitter CEO on bias

September 24, 2018 --

Congressmen Greg Walden Press Release,

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River)  led a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to seek answers as to how the social media company moderates its platforms. The hearing, entitled, “Twitter: Transparency and Accountability,” addressed concerns about Twitter’s algorithms and its policies for policing content.

“It is critical that users are confident that you are living up to your own promises. According to Twitter’s rules, the company believes ‘that everyone should have the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers,’” said Walden. “The American people want to be assured that you are continuing to live up to that mission.”

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New joint employer ruling

September 21, 2018 --

National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs David French in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed joint employer rule. The rule would provide legal clarity surrounding business-to-business relationships and reverse the controversial Obama-era joint employer standard.

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Reasons why Oregonians are unemployed

September 20, 2018 --

By Oregon Employment Department,

The labor force consists of all residents 16 and older who are employed or who are unemployed and actively seeking work. The numbers of employed and unemployed people are determined primarily by a monthly survey of about 60,000 households nationwide, including roughly 1,000 in Oregon. To avoid double-counting those who hold more than one job, each person in a sampled household is counted only once in the monthly labor force statistics.

A labor force participant is counted as unemployed during the month if, during the week specified in the survey, he or she: had no job, was available for work, and made specific efforts to find work, or
was waiting to be recalled to a job after a layoff, regardless of whether or not he or she was looking for other work.

There are four major categories of the unemployed, based on a reason for unemployment:

  • Job losers, who are on temporary or permanent layoff
  • Job leavers, who voluntarily left a job and immediately began to look for another
  • Re-entrants, those who worked, left the labor force, and have begun a new job search
  • New entrants, those who have never worked before and are now seeking employment

Job losers made up the largest share of Oregon’s 101,200 unemployed persons in 2017. Those who lost jobs accounted for 40,300 unemployed persons, or 47 percent of the total. Of these, 9,400 were on temporary layoff.

The share of the unemployed who are job leavers typically varies with the state of the economy. During recessions, fewer people voluntarily leave their jobs since fewer opportunities exist elsewhere. When the economy and labor demand are strong, more people are likely to quit their jobs because they are confident something better will come along. In 2013, as the jobs recovery was really just starting, job leavers accounted for 5 percent of the unemployed. In 2017, job leavers accounted for 15 percent of all unemployed Oregonians.

To learn more about Oregon’s labor force, read the full article written by Senior Economic Analyst Gail Krumenauer
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Corporate board women quota bill advances

September 19, 2018 --

Wall Street Journal Editorial,

The right-thinking progressives who rule Sacramento aren’t satisfied with punishing business with high taxes and costly regulation. Now they want to dictate to shareholders the gender of whom they can elect as corporate directors.

This imposition on business management passed the state Senate last month 23-9 and the Assembly 41-26. The law requires a company to appoint one woman to its board of directors by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 a five-member board would need to have two women, while boards with six or more directors would need three. The Legislature, always alert to possible micro-aggressions, defines female as “an individual who self-identifies her gender as a woman, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

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Oregon ruling on “customer” definition

September 18, 2018 --

By Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn,
Oregon law firm

The Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP v Henry, 293 Or App 471 (2018). The opinion is a helpful reminder that a court retains the power to use its “blue pencil” to convert an unenforceable provision in a noncompetition agreement into an enforceable one.

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State Economy: Housing slows, worker shortage, good growth.

September 17, 2018 --

Timothy A. Duy

Director, Oregon Economic Forum
Department of Economics, University of Oregon

The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.98 in July from an upwardly revised June reading of 1.06. Highlights of this month’s report include:

The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, stood at 0.98, well above average (“zero” indicates average growth over the 1990-present period). All sectors made positive contributions to the report.

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