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Oregon Human Resources Manual

A comprehensive guide to Oregon and federal employment laws.

Own the Definitive Guide to Oregon and Federal HR Compliance.

Every human resources professional knows the daunting task of staying up-to-date with the laws governing employer-employee relations. State and federal laws often impose different obligations on employers, and courts continually refine the way the laws must be implemented in the workplace.

For instance:

  • What does the federal Family Medical Leave Act require that the Oregon Family Leave Act does not? 
  • When is a worker an independent contractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act versus Oregon’s wage and hour laws? 
  • If the cultivation and use of marijuana are illegal under federal law, how does an employer accommodate its use by employees who are disabled and properly registered under Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act?  
  • There are a lot of legal minefields out there!

HR professionals negotiate those minefields by having the resources to recognize and prevent issues before they arise and by responding to problems when prevention is not possible. We hope this manual will be your first resource in recognizing, preventing, and solving problems in your workplace.

It takes an enormous depth of knowledge and collaborative effort to produce a manual of this nature. The following attorneys are responsible for the final product: Kyle Abraham, Rebecca Boyette, Nicole Elgin, Michael Garone, Ron Guerra, Kelly Hagan, Joslyn Keating, Heidi Mason, Rich Meneghello, Walter Miller, Paul Ostroff, Tom Payne, Kathryn Roberts, Amy Robinson, Elizabeth Schleuning, Randall Sutton,  Sommer Tolleson,  and. Thomas Triplett. I wish to thank each of them for their contributions. I also wish to thank Nathan Hoover, my wonderful legal assistant, who kept us all on track.

Easily comply with these comprehensive Oregon laws: 

  • Oregon minimum wage law
  • Oregon State and Portland ban the box rules
  • Oregon Revised Statutes and in a long-standing and consistent line of Oregon case law
  • Oregon anti-discrimination laws
  • Oregon disability law
  • Oregon leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law domestic violence leave Oregon military family
  • Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA)
  • Oregon privacy laws
  • Oregon’s civil rights statutes
  • Oregon continuation coverage laws
  • Oregon unemployment insurance laws
  • Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act
  • Oregon’s child labor laws

Stay Knowledgeable and Informed: 

  • Lay Out Expectations and Guidelines for your Business
  • Stay Up to Date on recent law changes
  • Understand state and federal specific compliance thresholds
  • Understand NDAs, intellectual property and trade secret law
  • Manage employee relationships
  • Conduct workplace investigations
  • Avoid costly non-compliance penalties on both the state and federal level
  • File personnel and medical records
  • File applications and other non-medical records
  • Legally perform drug and alcohol tests
  • Handle workplace violence before, during, or after it happens
  • Reinstating a veteran after military leave
  • Obtain authorization from employees before generating consumer reports

Other Benefits: 

  • Understand Your Compliance Thresholds
  • Anticipate and be Ready for Your Audit
  • Manage the Recruiting and Hiring Process Lawfully
  • Understand NDAs, Intellectual Property and Trade Secret Law
  • Manage Employee Relationships
  • Conduct Workplace Investigations
  • Avoid Costly Non-Compliance Penalties on both the State and Federal level
  • Arm your HR team with Comprehensive, Easy-to-Use, and Accurate Info that Ensures Compliance and Minimizes Legal Costs!

The Oregon Human Resources Manual Includes:

  • A hard-copy book written in plain-English
  • Access to an updated, online, membership only HR platform
  • Inclusive access to SHRM certified webinars
  • Immediate updates when laws change and when it will affect you
  • Easy to understand legal advice 
  • Weekly "HR Update" Newsletter
  • Live customer support

Our guide to Oregon Human Resources is the most Comprehensive, Plain-English guide that your HR Department is likely to encounter, anywhere.  Clients from Pro Sports Teams, to Mom-and-Pop Stores, put their trust in us year after year for that exact reason.

Pandemic outbreaks
Foreward from Oregon Business Industry
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Health insurance reform
Healthcare portability and privacy
About Schwabe Williamson Wyatt
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting requirements
Features of the HR Library
Immigration Employment verification
Snapshot An HR audit
Compliance thresholds
Recruiting and hiring
Background checks
Temporary and leased employees
Independent contractors
Employee handbooks
Wages and hours
Child labor
Disabilities and reasonable accommodation
Family and medical leave
Military leave
Performance evaluations
Workplace investigations
Plant closings and mass layoffs
Health insurance continuation coverage
Unemployment insurance
Privacy rights
Protecting technology and electronic information
Social media
Safety and health
Workplace violence
Workers compensation
Politics in the workplace
Public employers
Disaster planning
Smoking in the workplace
Business ethics
About the contributors
Additional types of leave
Traditional labor law
About the editor
Editors foreward
Workplace harassment
Noncompete agreements intellectual property assignment and trade secrets
Telecommuting agreement
Telecommuting checklist
Telecommuting policy
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands Poster
FFCRA Leave Policy
FFCRA Poster
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
FCRA Letter
FCRA Notice
Employee Payment of Employer Recovery of Benefit Premiums
Employee Harassment Complaint
Modified Duty Return to Work Letter
Sample No Smoking Policy
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
At Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, we like to think of ourselves as an established firm with strong traditions and fresh ideas. Although our roots in the Pacific Northwest go back more than a century, we pride ourselves on being creative thinkers who are committed to serving our clients, our community and each other in smart and innovative ways. The clients we work with represent a diverse group of businesses, non-profits, public entities and individuals. The lawyers who serve them are known not only for their unparalleled expertise in business law and commercial litigation, but also for their dedication, innovation and tenacity. And behind it all is a cohesive team of paralegals, librarians, accountants and administrative staff members who add value at every point of contact. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's tradition of excellence has long been a factor in attracting the best and brightest legal talent to our firm from the finest law schools nationwide. Many of our attorneys possess significant business experience and education in addition to their legal training. Our focus' include: Banking & Finance Biotechnology Communications & Mobile Commerce Construction Education Energy Government & Public Entities High-Tech/Software Hospitality Manufacturing Real Estate Development Securities
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top law firms, representing individuals and leading companies doing business in the region, across the United States, and around the globe in a wide range of business and litigation matters. The firm has more than 170 attorneys in Portland, Bend, and Salem, Oregon, and Seattle and Vancouver, Washington. Schwabe attorneys provide a broad range of transaction and litigation services to many of the Pacific Northwest’s leading companies, from Fortune 500 industry leaders, to emerging and privately held businesses. The firm is regularly named as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine, and as one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Positive employment relations are essential to the overall health of any business. Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt helps employers develop and maintain constructive relationships with their employees. Federal and state laws governing employee relations have increased both in numbers and complexity in recent years, especially in the areas of retaliation, sex and age discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace safety, job security, immigration, business acquisitions, and management/union relations. The firm provides comprehensive employment relations representation to all types of financial, manufacturing, retail, and service businesses.

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