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September 16, 2021 - Oregon Economic Index shows steady 8 month rise

Tim Duy, University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators September 7, 2021 Below is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for July 2021. The release date is September 7, 2021. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank. In July the Oregon economy continued to recover from last […]


September 15, 2021 - Portland’s unusual lagging in-person recovery

By Josh Lehner, Office of Economic Analysis Coming out of the Great Recession it was the nation’s largest urban areas that turned around first. Being home to the most diversified economies also meant less exposure to housing and government, the two biggest drags last cycle. In part due to the […]


September 14, 2021 - What Biden’s new Covid labor rules means for employers

Federal Executive Order Requires Private Businesses with 100 or More Employees to Mandate Vaccines or Weekly Testing Before Their Empoyees Can Report to Work By Amy Angel & Bruce Garrett Barran Liebman Law Firm, Last week, President Biden signed an executive order that required all private sector employers with 100 […]


September 13, 2021 - 20% of businesses ask for PPP loan forgiveness

By Oregon Small business Association, About 20 percent of business owners who borrowed money this year to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic have asked the Small Business Administration to forgive their Paycheck Protection Program loans—and most of those requests have been granted. According to the Business Journals, about 1.27 […]


September 10, 2021 - Report details harm from Carried Interest Tax increase

By US Chamber of Commerce, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness today released a report detailing how a proposed 98% tax increase on carried interest capital gains would reduce investment, lead to widespread job losses, and decrease tax revenues at the local, state, and federal levels. […]


September 9, 2021 - Where the surplus state revenue is going

By Oregon Senate Republican Caucus The Office of Economic Analysis presented the quarterly revenue forecast. It confirmed that Oregon taxpayers will receive a $1.9 billion Kicker. The corporate Kicker will send an additional $850 million to K-12 schools. The state budget will also have an ending fund balance of $699 […]


September 8, 2021 - What a vaccine surcharge looks like for your business

The Other Delta: The Delta Airlines Vaccine Surcharge & What a Surcharge Could Look Like for Your Business By Iris Tilley & Jeff Robertson Barran Liebman, Oregon law firm Delta Airlines recently made headlines stating it would require all employees who remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 to pay a $200 surcharge […]


September 7, 2021 - Report: The state of our restaurants

National Restaurant Association The National Restaurant Association released a mid-year supplement to the 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which illustrates the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry. The report provides an updated look at key indicators and trends influencing the industry’s recovery as of […]


September 3, 2021 - Nearly half of businesses can’t fill jobs

By NFIB, Fifty percent of all small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, a record high reading according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. The number of unfilled job openings has remained far above the 48-year historical average of 22%. “Small employers are struggling […]


September 2, 2021 - Those fired for refusing vaccine may not be eligible for jobless benefits

Employees Who Are Fired for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine May Not be Eligible for Jobless Benefits By Sarah Hale & Bruce Garrett Barran Liebman Law As a general rule, jobless benefits are available to unemployed Oregon workers who are laid off or who have good cause to quit their jobs. Workers […]