April 30, 2018 - Burgerville’s union makes history…again

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, The above full-page ad in the April 26th Oregonian newspaper touts the historic union vote as well as Burgeville’s other ground breaking decisions such as being the first to offset 100% of their electricity with renewable energy and the first to serve 100% cage […]

April 26, 2018 - What Walden questioned Zuckerberg on

Congressman Greg Walden’s Press Release Continuing his efforts to improve personal privacy in the digital age, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) led a hearing to examine Facebook’s policies for protecting the personal information of its users. Walden, who serves as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, pressed Facebook CEO […]

April 25, 2018 - Oregon paychecks losing ground

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Oregon’s income growth is lagging the nation and cannot keep pace with inflation. According to data released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis last month, U.S. income growth per person grew by 2.4 percent. In contrast, personal income per person in Oregon increased […]

April 24, 2018 - Wyden authors ROBOCOP Act

US Senator Ron Wyden Release, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to introduce the ROBOCOP (Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones) Act, a bill that would require phone companies to offer free effective tools to block robocalls.

April 23, 2018 - Ruling: Salary history no longer a valid defense

By Benjamin P. O’Glasser & Kalia J. Walker Bullard Law, Portland based law firm The Ninth Circuit has issued a significant decision regarding the federal Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) that should prompt employers to reassess their compensation policies. In Rizo v. Yovino, the Ninth Circuit held that employers cannot rely […]

April 20, 2018 - Portland Marathon Race Director in $860,000 settlement

Oregon Department of Justice Press Release Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Portland Marathon have reached an $865,000 settlement with Lester Smith, former board member and Race Director of the Portland Marathon. The settlement requires Mr. Smith to pay the Portland […]

April 19, 2018 - Oregon’s overtime rule driving workers to second jobs?

by Bethany Wright Cascade Employers Association Oregon has become somewhat of an innovator when it comes to passing laws for the working citizen. Our tiered minimum wage law was the first of its kind, and other states are taking notice. One of Oregon’s newest changes is the new limits on […]

April 17, 2018 - Oregon job vacancy report: 49,500

Oregon Employment Department, The Employment Department’s latest job vacancy survey shows Oregon’s private employers reported 49,500 job vacancies in winter 2018. They reported a similar level of job vacancies (50,600) the previous winter. While the total number of vacancies remained stable over the year, there was a notable increase in […]

April 16, 2018 - Oregon building permits hit new high

By Tim Duy Oregon Economic ForumUniversity of Oregon Oregon Statewide Indicators: The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity edged downward in February to 1.10 compared to a downwardly revised January reading of 1.18. Highlights of this month’s report include:

April 13, 2018 - Small biz optimism index hits 16-month record

By NFIB, The small business optimism index reached its 16th consecutive month in the top five percent of 45 years of survey readings, according to the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends survey, released today. The 104.7 March reading, down from 107.6 in February, remains among the highest in survey history […]