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Oregon Human Resources Manual

About the law firm

Barran Liebman LLP

Barran Liebman LLP attorneys practice labor and employment law exclusively for employers. Our attorneys constantly study new developments in the laws and regulations that affect employers. 

Many of our attorneys have been practicing for almost three decades and have solidly established national reputations. Consequently, our attorneys are sought-after speakers in labor and employment issues, both locally and nationally. Our attorneys are called upon to help train judges and other attorneys on topics related to labor more ,

Innova Legal Advisors

Our attorneys provide strategic advice, counseling, and representation in litigation to individuals, public entities, and private for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Our practice areas include:

  • Business and corporate formations, acquisitions, mergers, and contracts
  • Employment and labor law
  • Governance work with owners, boards of directors, shareholders, partners, and executive staff
  • Government / Municipal law
  • Health care, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act
  • Real estate sales, purchases, and leases
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Jordan Ramis

Understanding our clients and the day-to-day business and professional issues they face is essential for quality advice, efficient representation, and zealous advocacy. Not only are we accomplished at practicing law, we also recognize how legal matters impact our clients. In addition to countless years of legal experience, we have owned and operated businesses, worked as architects, landscape architects, engineers, and construction managers. We have been real estate professionals, land developers, contractors, purchasing managers, and government employees. more ,

Maher & Tolleson

Our firm specializes in defending employers, their insurers and self-insurance administrators in Oregon and Washington workers’ compensation matters in addition to providing employment relations advice and counsel. We are committed to providing quality, up-to-date and cost effective legal representation for employers throughout Oregon and Washington.

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Miller Nash

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 more ,

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 U.S., 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, more

About our sponsor

A United Voice for Oregon Business

Oregon Business & Industry is Oregon's largest and most influential comprehensive business association advocating for a strong economy and a healthy, prosperous and competitive Oregon. Members participate with other business leaders committed to growing Oregon’s economy, quality jobs for our citizens, and healthy communities. OBI also offers members money-saving services.

The OBI Mission

To strengthen Oregon’s economy in order to achieve a healthy, prosperous and competitive Oregon for the benefit of present and future generations.


OBI was created July 1, 2017, through the merger of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) and Oregon Business Association (OBA). The goal of the merger was to combine the strengths of the two organizations and to create a unified voice for Oregon businesses. Here’s a look at the history of each organization:

AOI: Serving Business Since 1895

Founded in 1895, Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) quickly became a... learn more


AOI recognizes that in the current economic climate, businesses are doing more with less. Everything is the Oregon Human Resources Manual is written for Oregon businesses, in a manner which cuts through the legal jargon, providing an informative easy to understand reference.

Wendy Floyd, Chief Financial Officer, Associated Oregon Industries, Salem, Oregon

We appreciate the offerings from ACCR HR due to the timeliness and relevance of the products. They help our library provide materials that our local business and patrons can use.

Louise Meyers, Director, Stayton Public Library, Stayton, Oregon is a must-have not only for HR professionals in the state, but for labor and employee relations professionals, employment lawyers and small business owners. It is comprehensive in scope, addressing the many legal and compliance issues that face employers from recruiting to retirement. Yet, despite the wide range of issues covered, and the complexity of those issues, information is easy to find and comprehend, avoiding much of the legal-speak that can often be difficult to interpret.

John A. Challenger, Chief Executive Officer, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

I have been in Human Resources for over 30 years.  "Performance Management Strategies: Finding Common G.R.O.U.N.D." was one of the best presented, arranged, and informative webinars I have ever participated in.  I wish my whole crew of supervisors and managers could have participated in it.  However, with the information I received and the way it was laid out, I hope that I will be able to mock the presentation for them. You and Jamie did an excellent job in presenting this in a clear, distinctive way that was interesting and was never boring. 

Dena Smith, Heartland EMS, Inc.

Topics covered

Oregon Human Resources Manual

Foreward from Oregon Business & Industry

About Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

About the Editor

About the Contributors

Editor's Foreward

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 1: Snapshot – An HR Audit

Chapter 2: Compliance Thresholds

Chapter 3: Recruiting and Hiring

Chapter 4: Background Checks

Chapter 5: Discrimination in Employment

Chapter 6: Non-compete Agreements, Intellectual Property Assignment and Trade Secrets

Chapter 8: Wages and Hours

Chapter 7: Employee Handbooks

Chapter 9: Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodation

Chapter 10: Employment Verification

Chapter 11: Child Labor

Chapter 12: Performance Evaluations

Chapter 13: Independent Contractors

Chapter 14: Temporary and Leased Employees

Chapter 15: Privacy

Chapter 16: Protecting Technology and Electronic Information

Chapter 17: Social Media

Chapter 18: Employee Discipline

Chapter 19: Smoking in the Workplace

Chapter 20: Relationships in the Workplace

Chapter 21: Workplace Investigations

Chapter 22: Termination

Chapter 23: Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs

Chapter 24: Family and Medical Leave

Chapter 25: Military Leave

Chapter 26: Additional Types of Leave

Chapter 27: Safety and Health in the Workplace

Chapter 28: Workplace Violence

Chapter 29: Employee Benefits Plans

Chapter 30: Workers’ Compensation

Chapter 31: Unemployment Insurance

Chapter 32: Healthcare Continuation

Chapter 33: Healthcare Portability and Privacy

Chapter 34: Traditional Labor Law

Chapter 35: Public Employers

Chapter 36: Disaster Planning

Chapter 37: Business Ethics

Chapter 38: Politics in the Workplace

Appendix A: Recordkeeping Requirements

Appendix B: Posting Requirements