June 24, 2019 - Oregon #1 cannabis business faces lawsuit

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Oregon’s largest seller of cannabis, Nectar Markets, is facing a $4 million lawsuit from a retailer that it acquired as it grew to encompass 18 outlets. Dana Weihman contends that Nectar promised in 2018 to pay $1.2 million to purchase Rose City Buds & Flowers […]

June 21, 2019 - Retail loss hits $50 billion milestone

National Retail Federation, Theft, fraud and losses from other retail “shrink” totaled $50.6 billion in 2018, up from $46.8 billion the year before as industry security executives said there is a growing overlap between loss prevention and cybersecurity efforts, according to the annual National Retail Security Survey released today by […]

June 20, 2019 - Changes for Oregon Discrimination Claims

By Heather Fossity & Amy Angel Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (“SB 726”), currently awaiting signature from the Governor’s Office, involves several significant changes aimed to address workplace discrimination and harassment. These changes will require most Oregon employers to adjust policies and practices moving forward. […]

June 19, 2019 - Legendary mill being taxed out of Oregon

Stimson Lumber Company Press Release, Stimson Lumber Company announced that it will permanently curtail operations at its Forest Grove sawmill by 40%, resulting in the loss of over 60 competitive-wage jobs with full benefit packages. The mill, built as a state-of-the-art operation designed to keep the company competitive in a […]

June 17, 2019 - Oregon minimum wage jumps July 1

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state. […]

June 14, 2019 - Jobs boom creates massive employee scarcity

By NFIB, America’s small businesses are continuing their hiring spree, with a net addition of 0.32 workers per firm, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, released recently. However, 25 percent of all owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Business Problem, matching the record […]

June 13, 2019 - HB 2020: Carbon Bill’s changing goals, cost impacts

By Cascade Policy Institute, According to the state’s Global Warming Commission, Oregon has already met its goal of reducing per-capita carbon dioxide emissions to levels that are 20% below 1990 emissions by the year 2020. In fact, we met the goal four years ago. Are state legislators celebrating this achievement? […]

June 12, 2019 - Capitol Update: Paid leave, Lawsuit cap, Carbon Tax

By Oregon NFIB, It’s now Day 137 of the 160-day Oregon Legislative Session. The end is in sight, but we still have some tough battles ahead of us. In brief: Cap and Trade Bill Still Clinging to Life: The cap-and-trade bill (HB 2020) is still alive, but major questions about […]

June 11, 2019 - California backs off coffee warning label

Wall Street Journal Editorial, California’s regulatory regime is enough to give anyone the jitters, so good news that the state signed off on a new rule admitting that coffee won’t kill you. Roasted coffee beans contain a chemical called acrylamide, which is also found in roughly 40% of calories Americans […]

June 10, 2019 - New state maternity workplace laws

By Charlotte Hodde & Amy Angel Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm The Governor has signed into law two new employment laws protecting working mothers. The first requires reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and childbirth and the second expands on existing requirements to provide breaks for nursing mothers to express breast milk. […]