Oregon’s Small Estate Affidavit – Overview and Changes for 2020

By Freeman Green, Partner –  Estate Planning Practice Group On January 1, 2020, new laws took effect changing Oregon’s Small Estate Affidavit (“SEA”), also known as an “Affidavit of Claiming Successor.” Here are answers to common SEA questions. What is a small estate affidavit? A Small Estate Affidavit is a simplified probate proceeding. Its purpose

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