July 31, 2020 - Poll: Alarming news on faltering recovery

By US Chamber, Amid growing concerns about a “second wave” of the pandemic, the small business recovery sputtered in recent weeks, according to a new poll of small business owners taken July 9 – 16 and released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. After retreating from record […]

July 30, 2020 - Portland businesses plead for peace

By Portland Business Alliance Statement by Portland Business Alliance, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce For more information, contact: [email protected] The presence of federal agents in a single block of downtown Portland has led to a near-universal upset and a worsening of conditions on our streets over the last two weeks. […]

July 29, 2020 - Who is benefiting the most from PPP loans?

By Josh Lehner Office of Economic Analysis The U.S. Small Business Administration just released detailed data on the actual Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants across the country. Individual business information is now public for loans in excess of $150,000, while general characteristics (amount, zip code, industry) are available for loans […]

July 28, 2020 - Wyden: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act

By United States Senator Ron Wyden, Press Release U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said that House passage of legislation he introduced to help non-profits will help these key community groups to remain financially viable during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Nonprofit organizations in Oregon and nationwide are essential pieces of each community’s response […]

July 27, 2020 - New Harassment & Discrimination Policy Requirements

  By Amy Angel & Makayla Halkinrude-Allmaras Barran Law, Effective October 1, 2020, the Workplace Fairness Act requires employers to adopt a written policy containing procedures and practices to reduce and prevent covered discrimination and sexual assault. The policy must: Provide a process for employees to report prohibited conduct; Identify an individual […]

July 24, 2020 - NFIB: Right to challenge business taxes in court

By NFIB, NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case CIC Services LLC, v. Internal Revenue Service requesting the Court clarify that the Anti-Injunction Act’s scope is limited to its terms and that it does not prohibit pre-enforcement judicial review of tax rules. “Ever-changing federal tax laws have traditionally been […]

July 23, 2020 - Portland delivery fee cap is bad for business

By Rachel Dawson Cascade Policy Institute, Based on the passage of a 10% cap on commission fees collected by third-party food delivery services from Portland restaurants, it’s unclear if Portland City Councilors understand the basic principles of economics. This new rule also bars food delivery companies from making up the […]

July 22, 2020 - Enforcing OHA’s Face Mask Requirements

By Heather Fossity & Amy Angel Barran Liebman LLP Oregon Law firm As detailed in our previous E-Alert, Oregon’s face mask requirements continue to expand in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Mask, face covering, and face shield guidance now applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor spaces statewide, […]

July 20, 2020 - Forecast: Chances of solid rebound

University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators, This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for May 2020. The release date July 6, 2020. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rebounded from -14.7 in April to 0.07 in May while […]

July 17, 2020 - Retailers seek national mask mandate

National Retail Federation, The National Retail Federation issued the following statement encouraging all retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and well-being of customers, associates and partners during the coronavirus pandemic: The health and safety of associates and […]