April 30, 2014 - Blazer owner first & frequent comments on NBA scandal

By Oregon Small Business Association Blazer owner Paul Allen was one of the first NBA team owners to speak publicly on the recent LA Clippers owner, Donald Silverman, charges of racism over a taped conversation. Shortly after the news break, Paul Allen stated publicly, “If true, the alleged comments by […]

April 29, 2014 - Will cancelling Cover Oregon spur lawsuits?

By Steve Buckstein Cascade Policy Institute By abandoning Oregon’s failed technology and adopting the federal exchange technology, the Cover Oregon Board may have made the right technical decision, but they may have opened up a huge legal risk for many Oregonians. As Cascade’s Steve Buckstein testified at the Board meeting, […]

April 28, 2014 - Legal: Questioning employee’s readiness to return?

Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Fit for Duty? Questioning an Employee’s Readiness to Return from FMLA Leave The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) permits employers to require a second (and in some cases even a third) medical opinion about an employee’s need to take leave, but FMLA expressly forbids second […]

April 24, 2014 - Court: Business can sue for social media defamation

Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim Target of social media criticism can sue for defamation, Oregon Court of Appeals holds The Oregon Court of Appeals recently held that a business owner can pursue a defamation claim against an individual who posted a negative on-line review. In Neumann v. Liles, plaintiff, […]

April 23, 2014 - “Insurance Bailout” already beginning

By Oregon Small Business Association A proposal to eliminate a so-called “insurance industry bailout” has received a lot of attention in our Nation’s Capitol. The proposal (S.1726), advanced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, aims to eliminate this provision from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare. But, […]

April 22, 2014 - Portland businesses that use Bitcoin

By Jabob Grier, Portland Writer Cocktail consultant, magician, blogger. Liquidity Preference Blog Depending on whom one asks, Bitcoin is the future of currency, a useful tool for conducting transactions with vast untapped potential, or a speculative bubble of no lasting consequence. Enthusiasm for Bitcoin also signals various commitments, as Tyler […]

April 20, 2014 - Ore. higher income wages soar as lower lags

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog New occupational data for 2013 was just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall 2013 was not only stronger than previous years, since we already knew job growth accelerated, but the pattern of growth across occupations was also more encouraging.  […]

April 18, 2014 - Paper currency use on rebound

By Richard Rahn Institute for Global Economic Growth & Cato Institute senior fellow Paper currency is dirty and is a major transmitter of disease as it goes from unwashed hand to unwashed hand. It is easily lost and stolen, and can be easily destroyed by getting wet or burned. It […]

April 17, 2014 - PDX homes 13% rise then decline

By Economist Dr. Eric Fruits, Econinternational Portland home prices are up 13 percent from last year, despite seasonal slowing.

April 16, 2014 - Business endorsments: Candidates, marriage, water measures

By Portland Business Alliance Alliance board announces candidate endorsements for May primary election The Alliance board of directors endorsed a selection of candidates running for office at various levels of government, including the City of Portland, State Legislature, Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County and Metro. The Alliance board endorsement […]