November 26, 2021 - How to spot counterfeit holiday gifts

By US Chamber of Commerce While businesses and law enforcement work year-round to fight counterfeit and fake goods, the holidays are an especially busy time for crooks. If a product is successful, someone is likely producing a counterfeit version right now to try and rip you off. Besides the disappointment […]

November 24, 2021 - Portland loses 10,000 tourism jobs

By Taxpayers Foundation of Oregon, A tourism report by Travel Portland found that people don’t want to—travel to Portland, that is, because they associate the city with homelessness, homicide, and civil unrest.  The report shared with city commissioners noted that people planning conventions don’t want to spend their time and […]

November 23, 2021 - Oregon AG joins Instragram investigation

By Oregon Attorney General Press Release, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that Oregon has joined a nationwide investigation into Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, for promoting Instagram to children and young adults. Attorneys General across the country are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection […]

November 22, 2021 - Report on historic opportunities, challenges for Oregon manufacturing

By Oregon Business and Industry OBI Releases Report on State of Manufacturing in Oregon As we begin to look toward a post-pandemic economy, everyday Oregonians are coming face to face with our domestic manufacturing sector like never before. From the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines to the current supply […]

November 19, 2021 - Divide grows between job openings, willing workers

By U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The worker shortage crisis continues. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were more than 10.4 million job openings in the economy at the end September, only 191,000 less than at the end of August when openings exceeded 10.6 million. In total, businesses have […]

November 18, 2021 - OSHA suspends vaccine mandate for 100+ employers

OSHA Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate for Employers with 100+ Employees November 17, 2021 By Christine M. Zinter Bullard Law Yesterday, November 16, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is suspending all its implementation and enforcement efforts related to the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating […]

November 17, 2021 - Oregon third most inbound state

By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon is the third most popular place for people to relocate, according to Mayflower, which releases data on inbound and outbound migration among the 48 contiguous states. The top state for relocating was South Carolina, followed by Idaho and then Oregon, according to the Portland […]

November 17, 2021 - Rare chance to fix Metro’s failed experiment

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Cascade Policy Institute With the retirement of Bob Stacey in October, five of Metro’s seven council seats will be on next year’s ballot. The 2022 election can bring an entirely new supermajority to Metro Council. Voters now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consider the future of […]

November 16, 2021 - Oregon Jobs Projected to Increase 16% by 2030

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s total employment is projected to grow by 317,600 jobs between 2020 and 2030, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department. The projections point to historically high job growth between 2020 and 2030 and accounts for recovery from low employment levels in 2020 due […]

November 15, 2021 - What does ruling blocking vaccine mandate mean for employers?

By Christine M. Zinter Bullard Law By now, you’ve heard that on Saturday, November 6, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a temporary stay order, blocking OSHA from implementing its contentious vaccine mandate until the “grave statutory and constitutional issues” related to the law could be addressed. […]