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Author Archives: Rich Meneghello

New rule may soon solve joint employment dilemma (access required)

You know who your employees are. Or do you? Due to some expansive National Labor Relations Board cases and aggressive government investigators, union officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys, you may be employing people and not even know about it. That’s because ...

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Supreme Court ruling may spur employers to make changes (access required)

You may have heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s significant ruling a few weeks ago that cleared the way for employers to enter into mandatory arbitration agreements with their employees that block class action litigation. This is potentially a game-changing ...

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Spring forecast for employers: persistent ICE storms (access required)

Now that the sun is shining a bit more often and spring weather seems to be returning across the state, one might believe no more big storms are on the horizon. But for employers, that may not be the case. ...

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Good news about employee handbooks (access required)

The past eight years have been tough for employers when it comes to maintaining reasonable policies for employees. For those not keeping up, the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, has routinely pronounced what most would consider to be commonplace ...

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Could a link to a social media friend lead to legal trouble? (access required)

Social media profiles have become an ingrained part of most of our lives. At one time they were a novelty that seemed to mostly serve the purposes of remembering Aunt Betty’s birthday or sharing the latest video of cat hijinks; ...

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Can employers legally stop their staff from taking selfies? (access required)

A federal appeals court ruled recently that an employer could not maintain a rule prohibiting audio or video recording in the workplace, becoming the second such court to determine that such a policy violates federal law. The July 25 decision, issued ...

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Don’t commit ‘textual harassment’ (access required)

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked an employee a pointed question via text message about whether ...

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F-word Facebook firing flipped by federal court (access required)

In an April ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse at not only his boss, but also his boss’ mother and entire ...

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Investigating Trump’s plan to crack down on foreign labor (access required)

Among the many executive orders signed by President Trump in his first 100 days in office, one in particular stands out as having the potential of changing the way that many businesses in Oregon operate. On April 18, the president ...

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Beware: uptick in sexual harassment claims possible (access required)

Whenever the topic of sexual harassment reaches mainstream media outlets, people are bound to take notice. And when sexual harassment allegations involving a prominent public figure like Bill O’Reilly appear in the headlines of just about every major national and ...

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