The SECURE Act: Ground-Breaking Changes for Retirement Plans

By Randy Cook & Christine Moehl, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Attorneys  Late in 2019, Congress enacted the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, popularly known as the SECURE Act. The SECURE Act is one of the most significant pieces of retirement plan legislation in decades. The changes made under the SECURE Act

Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) is Now in Effect

By Caleb Williams, Business & Taxation Law Attorney  As of January 1, Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) is in effect and shortly businesses will need to take action to comply with this new tax law. All businesses with $750,000 or more of commercial activity in Oregon must register for the CAT with the Oregon Department

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Rule Pertaining to Employee Overtime

By Randall Sutton, Employment Law and Litigation Attorney The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new rule that will clarify that many perks offered by employers don’t need to be factored in to the “regular rate” when an employer calculates overtime. A quick initial look does not provide any big surprises. But for sake

What’s Coming in Employment Law for 2020

By David Briggs, Employment Law and Litigation Attorney As many of our clients already know, the 2019 Oregon Legislature was quite busy. There are a number of things that employers need to keep in mind as they roll into 2020. Here are a few of the highlights: Oregon’s Pay Equity Act is now in effect. If you

Don’t Forget These Year-End To-Dos for Your Business

By Christine Moehl, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Attorney and Courtney Kohler, Attorney Year-end is a great time to reflect on your business and to plan for how you want your business to evolve in 2020. With all the responsibilities and challenges of running a business, it’s inevitable that things like entity maintenance may slip

Year in Review: 2019’s Most Interesting and Frivolous Litigation

By David Briggs, Employment Law and Litigation Attorney and Daniel Reynolds, Litigation Attorney We scoured our inboxes and the internet to come up with some of the most ridiculous, entertaining and . . . let’s just say “creative” lawsuits from this year. If you’ve ever wondered by some TV commercials spend half their time airing

The Disappearing Lien: Application of Oregon Agricultural Liens Outside the State

This article was originally published in the Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Newsletter in the Fall of 2019. By Erich Paetsch, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy and Litigation Attorney and Elayna Matthews As national farm debt and chapter 12 filings increase in 2019, many farmers and related service providers are at risk of nonpayment. For many

Just In: IRS Announces 2020 Retirement Plan Dollar Adjustments

By: Randall Cook,  Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Attorney On November 6, 2019, the IRS announced the annual cost-of-living dollar adjustments applicable to retirement plans beginning January 1, 2020. The full list of adjustments is contained in IRS Notice 2019-59. Here are some highlights:   2020 2019 401(k)/403(b) Elective Deferral Limit $19,500 $19,000 Defined Contribution Plan Annual

Warning…Do Not Delay Correcting Credit Reports After Notice of Fraud

By: Peggy Richard, Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy & Litigation Attorney In early September 2019, after about six hours of deliberation, a federal jury awarded a Portland, Oregon man $101,000 in non-economic damages against Wells Fargo Bank for violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The jury found that the bank negligently and willfully violated the