November 29, 2017 - “Value Pricing” our roads

Tolling People on to Portland’s Highways Cascade Policy Institute By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill requiring the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to apply for federal authorization to implement “value pricing” on two regional highways: I-205, and I-5 from the Washington border to […]

November 28, 2017 - Does telecommuting work for your business

Connecting With Remote Employees by JENNA REED Great Work! In a world where it seems like we’re always “connected” why do employers have so much trouble connecting with remote employees? Rather than focus on the reasons it happens, let’s talk about what we can do about it.

November 27, 2017 - Is your business subject to Transit Payroll Tax

Six Local Transit Payroll Taxes: Not Just For Businesses Residing in Those Districts by Diane MCBride Great Work! In the many years of working in the payroll field in the Salem area, there is one comment I hear from a lot of companies: they didn’t realize they may be subject […]

November 22, 2017 - Thanksgiving woes

Thanksgiving, Traffic, and your Nephew Three thoughts as Thanksgiving nears. by Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis First, many of us will be stuck in traffic as we head to meet our family and friends. AAA of Oregon/Idaho estimates it will be the worst traffic since 2005. Most of […]

November 21, 2017 - Oregon’s manufacturing growth higher than national average

Made in Oregon: A Brief Profile of the State’s Manufacturing Sector Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  Oregon’s manufacturing sector is growing more quickly than the nation’s. Since its lowest employment level in February and March 2010, manufacturing employment in Oregon has grown by 18.6 percent compared with the nation’s 8.7 […]

November 20, 2017 - Emergency relief grants roads impacted by natural disasters

DeFazio Announces Emergency Relief Grants for Oregon Roads Impacted by Natural Disasters Congressman DeFazio Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2.6 million in emergency relief grants to rebuild and repair roads in […]

November 17, 2017 - What are millennial’s spending this holiday season

Almost Half Of Younger Consumers Plan To Spend More During The Holidays Ana Serafin Smith National Retail Federation With the holiday shopping season about to hit the home stretch, most consumers say they will spend about the same as last year. But a new survey released today by the National […]

November 16, 2017 - U.S. House pushes bill through limiting definition of Joint Employer

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Definition of Joint Employer By J. Chris Duckworth Bullard Law New bill would roll back Obama-era expansion of joint employment standard On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to limit the definition of “joint employer.” The bill, […]

November 15, 2017 - 11k jobs added in October

Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October by Felicia Bechtoldt Oregon Workforce and Economic Information In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

November 14, 2017 - Terminal 6: Ready for business

Swire Shipping to Begin Operating at Terminal 6 Governor Brown and Port of Portland Announce New Container Service Governor Kate Brown, the Port of Portland, and Business Oregon today announced that Swire Shipping will begin container shipping service at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The announcement follows Governor […]