Small Business Assistance Under the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or “CARES Act” was signed into law on March 27, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID 19. To assist our clients in understanding what benefits may be available through this legislation, we

Department of Labor Responds to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By Randall Sutton, Partner – Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group The Department of Labor has issued its first guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  You can find the guidance here. The DOL has clarified that the FFCRA takes effect on April 1.  Unfortunately, the DOL has not yet provided clear guidance


By: Randall Sutton The Oregon Sick Time law is almost as vague as it is complicated. The many pages of statutes and regulations fail to cover some key points and raise many questions, requiring employers to read between the lines when structuring sick time and PTO policies. Fortunately, the Oregon legislature has dropped a toe

Second Increase to Oregon’s Minimum Wage

By: Randall Sutton The second increase in a series of minimum wage increases goes into effect July 1st with the largest wage jump of any year in the six-year cycle. As we have discussed previously, Oregon’s stair-stepping series of wage increases create a patchwork of different rates by region. Effective July 1st, here are the