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States are racing to catch up to autonomous vehicle technology (access required)

The Oregon Legislature has established a task force to make recommendations for regulating operations of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on state roadways. Composed of government, industry and consumer stakeholders, the task force is to report in September on policies and rules ...

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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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Helping employees ensure they are paid: A new federal pilot program (access required)

I often wonder how business owners sleep at night. Providing healthcare, growing a client base and finding and keeping good employees are all issues that likely cause owners and managers to toss and turn. One question that may not run ...

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Help mitigate life insurance fraud (access required)

While there’s likely no way to ultimately ensure your clients won’t be victims of fraud, there are a few things to be done that may help prevent it, as well as assist in recovery efforts if they’re victims. Recent fraud ...

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The IRS and structured settlements (access required)

How many times have we heard that we live in a litigious age? People are suing each other for just about everything. Some cases are sensationalized and ridiculous, but most are genuine cases where someone was physically, emotionally, or financially ...

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Opportunities and obstacles in international trade (access required)

Changes in international trade have been rapid and unrelenting. Broadly speaking, two major changes in U.S. trade policy have been implemented under the Trump administration. First, the United States now imposes a 25 percent tariff on global steel imports and ...

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Middle market business owners can capitalize on tax savings (access required)

Each quarter, KeyBank surveys owners and executives of middle market businesses – businesses with revenue between $10 million and $4 billion – for insight about the issues and challenges they are facing. A recent middle market business survey shows that reduced ...

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Exceptional safety performance can be worth big bucks

Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter (AGC) and the SAIF Corporation have been partners for 26 years. This partnership is made up of a group of AGC member contractors who receive their workers’ compensation coverage through SAIF. This group represents contractors ...

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A good employee handbook helps set workplace culture (access required)

A well-written employee handbook plays a few important roles in the workplace. These include: Creating a workplace culture The employee handbook can play a role in defining the culture of your workplace. For example, it can reinforce commitments to innovation, ...

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