July 29, 2016 - Stores not to blame for Chip Card delay

National Retail Federation News Release, A new NRF survey proves what we’ve been saying for months about conversion to the new chip-and-signature credit cards — that retailers have done their part and it’s the card industry that’s dropped the ball. The survey, conducted in May and June, found that 48 […]

July 28, 2016 - 10 yr. migration high — State tops 4M

Oregon Employment Department, In 2015, Oregon’s population increased by 51,100, surpassing the mark of 4 million residents. This marked growth of 1.3 percent over the year. A lot of Oregon’s population increase was due to net migration, which at 40,600 people was the largest net migration since 2006. Natural increases […]

July 27, 2016 - Drug Testing Policies in the Pot Age

By Benjamin P. O’Glasser Bullard Law, Portland law firm By Michael G. McClory This week’s (fictional) mailbag question comes to us from Macy Gimbel, who is the human resources manager for Gadget Garage, a thriving inventions business in East End. Macy has a couple of questions related to pre-employment drug […]

July 26, 2016 - Unionizing Temp Workers made easier

Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Unionizing Temporary Workers Easier After Recent NLRB Ruling By Tyler Volm Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a 3-1 decision that made it easier for Unions to organize a workforce made up of both regular and temporary employees. Under the prior […]

July 26, 2016 - Business celebrity Tom Peterson’s last video

Oregon Small Business Association, This is the last video we could find on Tom Peterson conducted in 2014. It shows despite his Parkinson’s he still retained his smile and was in good hands by family and friends. Peterson passed away this week. KPTV-12 video below: KPTV – FOX 12

July 22, 2016 - Snowden invents spy-free phone

Oregon Business News Update, Edward Snowden was interviewed by John Oliver and included a new phone case that hides your location.

July 21, 2016 - Business shouldn’t be hostile to Pokeman Go

By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based mobile game available on iPhones and Android devices. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. It makes use […]

July 20, 2016 - Oregon reaches jobs recovery milestone

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog This Oregon Employment Department released the initial estimates for June 2016 in terms of jobs and the unemployment rate. Overall the data continue to bring good news, even as the unemployment rate ticked up a bit. The reason being is the […]

July 19, 2016 - Oregon has 47,000 job vacancies

By Oregon Employment Department Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015.

July 18, 2016 - Schrader authors overtime bill

Congressman Kurt Schrader Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) introduced legislation that will initiate a reasonable three-year phase-in of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rule, proposed in May, raises the threshold for employees who are […]