February 28, 2013 - Bill helps businesses in tax court

AOI Introduces Bill to Level the Playing Field for Oregon Companies in Tax Court By  J.L. Wilson Associated Oregon Industries A new bill has been introduced by AOI that will level the playing field for Oregon companies in Tax Court – a concept that is intended to result in less […]

February 27, 2013 - Economics of Portland’s paid sick leave

Marc Kilmer Guest writer for Cascade Policy Institute On March 6 the Portland City Council may vote on whether to require virtually all businesses that employ six or more people to provide them with at least five paid sick days per year. While this sounds well intentioned − who doesn’t […]

February 26, 2013 - Unification of Estate and Gift Tax

Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, continues the unification of the gift and estate tax. By unifying the gift and estate tax, Congress has kept the two exemptions the same along with the generation-skipping exemption. In 2013, due to indexing, that exemption is […]

February 25, 2013 - $29M Toyota settlement with Oregon, 28 states

By Oregon Attorney General “Unintended acceleration” product defects led to recall of 6 million vehicles Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that Oregon has joined with 28 other states in announcing a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and its North America subsidiaries over allegations Toyota concealed safety issues related […]

February 22, 2013 - Unions eye new legal marijuana growers for membership opportunties

by Sean Redmond, Free Enterprise U.S. Chamber of Commerce Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on union membership, which has been on a 50 plus year downward trend as this blog reported at the time. In response to this ongoing decline, many unions have pursued some […]

February 21, 2013 - WA Court Affirms Anti-Retaliation Laws Protect HR Employees

From Stoel Rives LLP – World of Work by Nate Bailey The Washington Court of Appeals recently determined that state anti-discrimination laws prohibit retaliation against human resources and legal professionals who oppose discrimination as part of their normal job duties. The court also declined to extend the same actor inference, a […]

February 20, 2013 - Wyden advances Industrial Hemp Bill

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., today introduced legislation that would allow American farmers to grow and profit from industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 would remove federal restrictions on […]

February 19, 2013 - Student loans creating income inequality?

By Dr. Eric Fruits, PhD EconInternational, Oregon economist The distribution—and redistribution of income—is back in the news. The Economist reported on study of the persistence of income distribution from generation to generation, which generated some discussion. Then, Gary Becker and Richard Posner jumped into the debate with some often overlooked […]

February 18, 2013 - Video: Nike’s history of problematic sponsorships

This CNN Money news clip reviews the recent problems NIKE has been having with their sponsored athletes and various downfalls with many occurring in just the past few weeks. As NIKE is tops in capturing the sports world best athletes it also ends up capturing those star athletes’ baggage. Watch […]