September 28, 2018 - Music Modernization Act passed Congress

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) President and CEO David Hirschmann issued the following statement  regarding the passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA): “The Music Modernization Act will help ensure that future music creators can pursue their passions, the music industry can […]

September 27, 2018 - Oregon wins 5 gold medals in world’s largest beer event

Oregon Brewer’s Guild, Oregon breweries claimed a total of 22 medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held September 20-22nd in Denver, Colorado. Oregon Breweries brought home 5 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.

September 26, 2018 - Oregon among the most unionized states

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon consistently outpaces the U.S. in union membership as a share of total employment. In 2017, 14.9 percent of Oregon’s workers were union members, compared with 10.7 percent for the U.S. Employees who are not union members but whose jobs are covered by union contracts slightly […]

September 25, 2018 - Blazers First: Ads on uniform

Portland Trail Blazer Release, The Portland Trail Blazers announced a multi-year partnership agreement with Performance Health which includes the team’s first-ever jersey patch, a growing trend with world-class corporations and the NBA. Beginning with the upcoming 2018-19 season, Performance Health’s Biofreeze brand logo will find a new home on all […]

September 24, 2018 - Hearing: Walden presses Twitter CEO on bias

Congressmen Greg Walden Press Release, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River)  led a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to seek answers as to how the social media company moderates its platforms. The hearing, entitled, “Twitter: Transparency and Accountability,” addressed concerns about Twitter’s algorithms and […]

September 21, 2018 - New joint employer ruling

National Retail Federation The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs David French in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed joint employer rule. The rule would provide legal clarity surrounding business-to-business relationships and reverse the controversial Obama-era joint employer standard.

September 20, 2018 - Reasons why Oregonians are unemployed

By Oregon Employment Department, The labor force consists of all residents 16 and older who are employed or who are unemployed and actively seeking work. The numbers of employed and unemployed people are determined primarily by a monthly survey of about 60,000 households nationwide, including roughly 1,000 in Oregon. To […]

September 19, 2018 - Corporate board women quota bill advances

Wall Street Journal Editorial, The right-thinking progressives who rule Sacramento aren’t satisfied with punishing business with high taxes and costly regulation. Now they want to dictate to shareholders the gender of whom they can elect as corporate directors. This imposition on business management passed the state Senate last month 23-9 […]

September 18, 2018 - Oregon ruling on “customer” definition

By Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn, Oregon law firm The Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP v Henry, 293 Or App 471 (2018). The opinion is a helpful reminder that a court retains the power to use its “blue pencil” to convert an unenforceable […]

September 17, 2018 - State Economy: Housing slows, worker shortage, good growth.

Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.98 in July from an upwardly revised June reading of 1.06. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, stood at […]